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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

Tests in 2 restricted areas end

The Government announced that the compulsory testing exercises and enforcement operations for the restricted areas in To Kwa Wan and Tuen Mun finished today with no confirmed COVID-19 cases found.   After the compulsory testing exercises, people in the restricted areas who can present SMS notifications with negative test results or are wearing wristbands as proof of having undergone testing can leave the areas.   The Government exercised the power under the Prevention & Control of Disease (Compulsory Testing for Certain Persons) Regulation on February 6 to make restriction-testing declarations, requiring people within the two restricted areas to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing.   They had to stay in their homes until everyone in the two areas were tested and the results were mostly ascertained.   Additionally, the Government issued compulsory testing notices to those who had been at these buildings for more than two hours from January 24 to February 6 to undergo compulsory testing before February 8 even if they were not present in the restricted areas when the declaration took effect.   It set up temporary specimen collection stations at the restricted areas and requested people subject to mandatory testing to have their combined nasal and throat swab samples collected for COVID-19 testing.   About 175 residents in the Tuen Mun restricted area and 307 in To Kwa Wan were tested.   Enforcement actions, carried out immediately after the compulsory testing exercises, verified that all people in the restricted areas were tested.   Meanwhile, the Government assigned staff to visit about 223 households in the two restricted areas, of which 31 did not answer the door. Some of them are possibly vacant units.   Those who did not answer the door are urged to contact the Government to arrange testing as soon as possible.
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