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The fourth wave of the COVID-19 epidemic has lasted for some time. To our great relief, the number of local confirmed cases has remained at low levels in recent days. The Government's multi-pronged strategy of continuously enhancing our anti-epidemic measures and preventing the importation of cases has proven effective.   Apart from keeping social distancing measures in place and mounting an extensive promotion of testing, we have specifically strengthened the manpower in contact tracing as this is a particularly crucial measure in cutting the chains of viral transmission.   The Department of Health's Contact Tracing Office has redoubled its efforts in speeding up the process of identifying close contacts. Their sterling efforts in contact tracing in the gym cluster last month have significantly helped in suppressing rebounds within a number of days. This was a remarkable success.   For this, I must thank all those who have helped, including some 200 colleagues seconded f

Feb exports value up 30.4%

The value of Hong Kong's total exports increased to $311.1 billion in February, up 30.4% on the same month last year, the Census & Statistics Department announced today.   The value of imports of goods increased 17.6% to $325.8 billion for the same period.   A trade deficit of $14.7 billion, or 4.5% of the value of imports, was recorded in February.   Comparing the three-month period ending February with the preceding three months on a seasonally adjusted basis, the value of exports rose 18.9%, while that of imports increased 16%.   Taking the first two months of the year together to remove the distortion caused by the difference in timing of the Lunar New Year, the value of exports increased sharply by 37.6% over a year earlier, reflecting a further pick-up in growth momentum alongside the revival of global trading and production activities, the Government said.
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