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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

18 COVID-19 cases identified

(To watch the full press briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Centre for Health Protection today reported that there are 18 additional COVID-19 cases, of which seven are locally transmitted including two with unknown sources of infection.   The unlinked cases involve a 71-year-old taxi driver who lives in Siu Sai Wan and last drove his taxi on March 17, and a 52-year-old construction site clerk who lives in Ngau Chi Wan and last worked on March 19.   The five remaining local cases are linked to URSUS Fitness in Sai Ying Pun.   The centre co-ordinated with related government departments in conducting a field inspection with University of Hong Kong experts at Ursus Fitness this afternoon.   Eleven environmental samples were collected, including from the air-conditioner filters, to further investigate and examine if environmental factors were involved in the outbreak.   The 11 imported cases arrived from the Philippines, Indonesia and Pakistan.   A total of 289 cases have been recorded in the past 14 days, including 224 local cases, of which 45 are untraceable.   Meanwhile, five buildings and a workplace with one or more confirmed cases as well as a kindergarten are covered by compulsory testing notices.   The Government will set up mobile specimen collection stations at Siu Sai Wan Estate in Eastern District and Scenic View in Ngau Chi Wan tomorrow.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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