COVID-19 allowance scheme to end

January 30, 2023

The Social Welfare Department today announced that it will no longer accept applications for the one-off ex-gratia cash allowance for locally confirmed COVID-19 patients starting February 14, while applications submitted on or before February 13 will not be affected.


The allowance is a temporary measure launched in late November 2020, which provides a one-off ex-gratia cash assistance to infected people who have to be hospitalised in public hospitals due to COVID-19.


As at January 27 this year, a total of 2,728 eligible people have received the allowance.


The department explained that following the Government's adjustment to the anti-epidemic measures, including the lifting of isolation orders for people infected with COVID-19 from today, the public is gradually resuming normal daily lives. Therefore, the ex-gratia cash allowance scheme will cease.


Eligible people should submit their applications by February 13. Late applications will not be accepted.


Contact the public hospitals' medical social services units for enquiries.

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