HK$5,000 Covid payment opens for application from today

Local | 27 Nov 2020 5:43 pm

The one-off HK$5,000 ex-gratia cash allowance for locally confirmed Covid patients is open for eligible Hong Kong residents to apply from today, said a spokesman from the Social Welfare Department.

Applicants have to be Hong Kong residents who are confirmed by the Department of Health to have contracted the coronavirus locally on or after November 22 this year.

Those who applied will also have to be currently employed but not entitled to paid sick leave or are self-employed and face financial hardship whilst being hospitalized in public hospitals for treatment.

Applicants are not required to undergo any specific means test, but they have to declare that they meet the aforementioned eligibility criteria and provide basic information about their current employment.

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