Tall order for Paul Chan’s budget: help Hong Kong’s needy, save stricken businesses, revive economy amid Covid-19 pandemic

In his 70 sq ft cubicle in Cheung Sha Wan, renovation worker Xu Guiquan, 62, struggles with feelings of desperation as he has been mostly out of work since the Covid-19 pandemic hit Hong Kong early last year.Working only five or six days a month, his income has shrunk from more than HK$20,000 (US$2,600) to under HK$6,000, of which HK$4,000 goes to rent.Xu and his wife, also 62 and retired, have tightened their belts, buying only the cheapest frozen meat and canned food.They have not asked their…

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