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Hong Kong Gets Higher-Than-Expected Claims for Pandemic Relief

  • Number of applications was 57% higher than government forecast
  • Subsidy could come ahead of expected lifting of curbs April 21

About 470,000 people in Hong Kong applied for pandemic-related unemployment relief in the last month, more than the government expected, as anti-virus curbs weighed on businesses. 

That figure is 57% more than the 300,000 applicants the government expected, the head of the Policy Innovation and Coordination Office, Doris Ho, told an RTHK radio program on Wednesday.