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HK logs 3.3k COVID-19 cases

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 3,362 additional locally acquired COVID-19 cases, of which 493 were identified through nucleic acid tests and 2,869 via rapid antigen tests.   Separately, 118 imported cases were detected.   Furthermore, seven residential care homes for the elderly and one for disabled people logged nine cases involving their residents.   The Hospital Authority reported that 33 patients passed away in public hospitals. According to a preliminary analysis, the cause of death for 13 patients was related to COVID-19, while that of the remaining 20 patients was unrelated.   It also registered six more critical cases, bringing the number of patients in critical condition to 99.   As there were positive sewage test results with relatively high viral loads in several areas of Tuen Mun, Yuen Long and Kowloon City districts, the respective district offices will distribute COVID-19 rapid test kits to relevant residents as well as cleaning

Oct inflation up 1.7%

Overall consumer prices rose 1.7% in October year-on-year, larger than the 1.4% growth in September, the Census & Statistics Department announced today.   Netting out the effects of the Government’s one-off relief measures, October’s underlying inflation rate went up 1.1% compared to a year earlier, marginally larger than the 1% recorded in September.   Compared with October last year, price increases were seen in electricity, gas and water, clothing and footwear, transport, meals out and takeaway food, durable goods, basic food, miscellaneous services and alcoholic drinks and tobacco.   On the other hand, year-on-year decreases in miscellaneous goods and housing were recorded.   The Government noted that the prices of energy-related items and certain individual items in such major consumer price index components as clothing and footwear and transport saw more visible year-on-year increases.   Price pressures on many other major components remained modest.    Looking ahead, while inflation pressure may go up somewhat in the near term, alongside a faster increase in import prices and the economic recovery, the underlying inflation should remain largely in check as domestic cost pressures are still tame, it added.
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