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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

COVID-19 jab incentives welcomed

Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan today said the Government would welcome incentives offered by corporations that can motivate people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.   While meeting the media after attending a radio programme this morning, Prof Chan was asked about a developer’s move to offer a flat for lucky draw by people who have received the jab.   The health chief emphasised that vaccination is an important intervention to control and prevent the epidemic situation.   “This is really something we should focus on, especially at this stage of our epidemic situation. It seems that from a number of surveys, there are people who are in the process of wait and see, that is they are probably contemplating whether they are going to get vaccinated or not, and haven't taken any action.   “In this regard, any intervention that is able to motivate people, the Government actually welcomes."   She added that COVID-19 vaccine incentives by more corporations and all employers are welcome as they help move people from thinking to actually taking action.
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