A total of HK$300 million was earmarked to step up the fight against swine flu, with a series of measures being launched to help sectors directly hit by the outbreak. The additional funding against swine flu will be used to promote environmental hygiene and publicise anti-pandemic measures. Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah said relevant government departments were working out plans in response to the spread of the disease. Such plans, requiring around HK$300 million, would also create short-term posts, Mr Tsang said. By yesterday, the city had reported 10 people infected with swine flu. All of them are imported cases. 'We must emphasise that this [HK$300 million] is only the amount requested by the relevant departments to date, and not the ceiling,' he said. The government also proposed exempting payment of licence fees for flu-hit sectors including transport, tourism, catering and entertainment for a year. The measure will cost HK$670 million. It also suggested allocating HK$180 million to the city's 18 districts to organise more community tours and leisure activities to stimulate spending. Hong Kong Travel Industry Council executive director Joseph Tung Yao-chung welcomed the waiving of licence fees, which will benefit more than 2,700 licence holders among travel agents, hotels and guesthouses. The only concern for Mr Tung was over the government's guarantee ratio in the Special Loan Guarantee Scheme, which aims to help enterprises during the global financial crisis. The administration announced the ratio would be raised from 70 per cent to 80 per cent. 'But it still has some distance to go to the 100 per cent we are asking for,' Mr Tung said. 'If the economy gets worse, we will continue urging the government to boost the ratio.' Lawmaker Tommy Cheung Yu-yan, who represents the catering industry, urged the government to ensure the licence fee exemption would benefit all businesses in the catering sector.