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Re-positive COVID-19 case reported

(To watch the full press briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating two additional imported COVID-19 cases and a preliminary positive local case which is likely to be a re-positive one.   The centre's Communicable Disease Branch Head Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan told a press briefing this afternoon that the preliminary positive local case involves a 43-year-old man who has not been vaccinated against the virus yet.   He worked at construction sites at 248 Queen's Road East and Shiu Kin Lane in Wan Chai, and last worked on August 3.   The patient has tested negative under the regular testing requirement since May. His deep throat saliva sample submitted via regular testing on August 2 preliminarily tested positive with a Ct value of 36 to 38, which indicates a low viral load.   After admission to hospital on August 3, the patient tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies.   Dr Chuang said: “There ma

Welfare cases up 0.2%

The overall Comprehensive Social Security Assistance caseload rose to 224,895 in December, up 0.2% from November, the Social Welfare Department announced today.   The total number of recipients stood at 319,200.   Low-earnings cases registered a month-to-month decrease of 1% to 2,520 cases while old age cases were down 0.2% to 130,647.   Ill-health cases rose 0.8% to 26,056 cases. Single parent cases were up 0.4% to 24,760 cases while permanent disability cases increased 0.1% to 17,377 cases.   Unemployment cases continued to increase, rising 2.2% on a monthly basis to 19,506 cases. The figure is also an increase of 55.2% compared with December 2019.   The number of applications of unemployment cases increased 12.2% to 1,045 cases in December, representing a 65.1% year-on-year increase.
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