Hong Kong official calls for lawmakers’ support for new anti-epidemic fund

HONG KONG (XINHUA) – A senior official of China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government yesterday called for support from lawmakers in the third round of anti-epidemic fund to fight COVID-19 and revive the economy.

HKSAR government’s administration Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung said the government will implement the measures as soon as possible after the Legislative Council approved the new fund.

The HKSAR government announced a relief package worth HKD24 billion to subsidise virus-hit businesses and individuals and improve anti-epidemic capacity, which, Cheung said, will be more targetted in helping those in need.

The economic relief came as Hong Kong’s jobless rate remained high at 6.1 per cent from June to August, with the rate in consumption- and tourism-related sectors surging to 10.9 per cent.

To prop up the struggling economy and ensure people’s livelihood, the government has rolled out economic relief of over HKD 300 billion in total. By the end of August, over HKD78 billion of relief had been distributed, benefitting over 4.3 million people and 450,000 businesses.