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Apr exports value up 1.1%

The value of Hong Kong’s total goods exports increased to $389 billion in April, up 1.1% compared with the same month last year, the Census & Statistics Department announced today.   The value of imports of goods rose 2.1% to $425.6 billion for the same period.   A trade deficit of $36.6 billion, or 8.6% of the value of imports, was recorded for the month.   Comparing the three-month period ending April with the preceding three months on a seasonally adjusted basis, the value of total exports decreased 12% while that of imports fell 11.7%.   The Government said epidemic-induced transportation disruptions, though easing somewhat in the latter part of the month, continued to constrain export performance.   It pointed out that exports to the Mainland fell while those to the US and the European Union posted visible growth.   Looking ahead, the global economic outlook has worsened amid rampant inflation in some major economies and monetary policy tightening by respective cen

177k people vaccinated

Around 177,000 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19, with about 149,200 receiving their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine and about 27,800 their first dose of the Comirnaty jab, the Government announced.   About 14,200 people received their first vaccine dose under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today. Among them, around 8,500 received the Sinovac vaccine and about 5,700 the Comirnaty one.   The overall percentage of people who have received the Sinovac vaccine at eight community vaccination centres is about 75%, while around 91% have received the Comirnaty jab at seven centres.   As of midnight, four people were sent to hospital for treatment.
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