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July goods exports up 20.1%

The volume of Hong Kong's total goods exports increased 20.1% year-on-year in July, the Census & Statistics Department announced today.   The volume of goods imports for the month rose 19.5% over July 2020.   Prices of goods exports and imports increased 5.6% and 5.5% year-on-year for the month.   On a seasonally adjusted basis, the volume of goods exports fell 5.3% in the three-month period ending July compared with the preceding three months, while the volume of goods imports decreased 0.8%.   Comparing the first seven months of the year with the same period in 2020, the volume of goods exports rose 25.3%, while that of goods imports increased 22.7%.   Prices of goods exports for the period increased 3.4%, while that of goods imports rose 3.3%. http://dlvr.it/S7hMTp

Social distancing measures extended

The Government today announced the social distancing measures currently in place will be maintained until January 27.   The Food & Health Bureau said the COVID-19 epidemic situation in Hong Kong remains volatile, noting the latest seven-day average number of local cases with unknown sources of infection was 17 and a number of confirmed cases were found in certain districts over a short period of time, which shows that silent transmission in the community is still active.   Taking into account the latest public health risk assessment, the Government will maintain existing requirements and restrictions applicable to catering business premises and scheduled premises.   Unless exempted, the prohibition on group gatherings of more than two people in public places will continue during the seven-day period from January 21.   The requirement for wearing a mask at all times when on public transport and in all public places will also remain in effect.   The Government will soon gazette directions and specifications under three relevant regulations.   The Government also announced that it will restrict people who have stayed in Brazil or Ireland from boarding flights for Hong Kong as cases caused by the new virus variant with high transmissibility were found in the two countries recently.   Under the specifications that will take effect from midnight on January 23, all people who have stayed in Brazil or Ireland for more than two hours on the day of boarding or during the 21 days before that day will not be allowed to board for Hong Kong.
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