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1.8% inflation in October

Overall consumer prices rose 1.8% in October year-on-year, smaller than the 4.4% increase in September, the Census & Statistics Department announced today.   Netting out the effects of the Government's one-off relief measures, the underlying inflation rate was 1.7%, slightly less than September's 1.8%.   Compared with October last year, price increases were recorded for electricity, gas and water; clothing and footwear; meals out and takeaway food; basic food; alcoholic drinks and tobacco; transport; miscellaneous services, miscellaneous goods and housing.   On the other hand, a year-on-year decrease in price was recorded for durable goods.    The Government said that underlying consumer price inflation remained moderate in October.   The year-on-year increase in food prices showed some moderation, though remained relatively fast. Prices of clothing and footwear continued to record a visible increase, while those of energy-related items rose sharply. Price pressur

462k vaccine jabs given

About 462,400 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 292,600 people receiving their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine and about 18,500 people getting their second dose.   About 6,600 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today. Among them about 6,200 received the jabs at eight community vaccination centres (CVCs).   About 400 people were inoculated at private doctors and clinics participating in the programme.   Around 6,510 people received their second dose of Sinovac vaccine today, including about 6,500 people vaccinated at the CVCs and about 10 people through private doctors and clinics.   As of 8pm, about 3,500 people had reserved their first and second doses of the Sinovac vaccine online in the past 24 hours.   As of midnight, two people were sent to the hospital for treatment.
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