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270 COVID-19 cases recorded

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 270 additional COVID-19 cases, of which 116 were detected by nucleic acid tests and 154 were identified via rapid antigen tests.   Among the new cases, 31 are imported while the rest are locally infected.   Since the onset of the fifth wave of the epidemic, 1,199,227 people have contracted the virus. One more patient passed away, bringing the total number of deaths in the fifth wave to 9,163.   Moreover, the Hospital Authority announced that a staff member of Haven of Hope Hospital’s catering department tested positive through a rapid antigen test on Thursday. Contact tracing revealed that four more employees from the same department who had dined or stayed in the same accommodation as the patient had also caught COVID-19. These four staff and seven other staff who have been identified as close contacts will be quarantined.   As a precautionary measure, the hospital’s catering department has temporarily suspended o

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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