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Flu jab booking set

Community vaccination centres (CVCs) in various districts will offer free seasonal influenza vaccination (SIV) to Hong Kong residents aged 50 or above when they are there for COVID-19 vaccination starting from October 6.   The Government announced today that eligible people can make reservations for receiving both COVID-19 vaccination and SIV through the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme booking system starting from 9am tomorrow.   They may also choose to receive the free SIV on site when they are receiving the COVID-19 jab starting from October 6.   Given that local seasonal influenza activity has been staying at low levels since February 2020, the overall immunity against influenza in the community is at present relatively low, the Government noted.   As the winter flu season is approaching, citizens are strongly urged to complete the recommended dosage of COVID-19 vaccines and the latest seasonal influenza vaccine as early as possible to obtain better protection in the event of

Mar exports value down 8.9%

The value of Hong Kong’s total goods exports decreased to $372.8 billion in March, down 8.9% compared with the same month last year, the Census & Statistics Department announced today.   The value of imports of goods fell 6% to $410 billion for the same period.   A trade deficit of $37.3 billion, or 9.1% of the value of imports, was recorded for the month.   Comparing the first quarter this year with the preceding quarter on a seasonally adjusted basis, the value of total exports decreased 2.9%, while that of imports fell 1.8%.   The Government said the value of merchandise exports turned to a year-on-year decrease in March amid moderating external demand and epidemic-induced disruptions to cross-boundary cargo flows between the Mainland and Hong Kong. A high base of comparison was also relevant.   Exports to the Mainland and the EU fell while those to the US posted decelerated growth. Exports to other major Asian markets saw mixed performance.   Looking ahead, elevated global inflation, major central banks’ monetary policy tightening, as well as heightened geopolitical tensions will continue to weigh on the global economic outlook, posing challenges to Hong Kong’s export performance.   Nonetheless, the stabilised local epidemic of late should be conducive to the gradual alleviation of cross-boundary transportation disruptions, thus rendering some support, the Government added.
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