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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

Vaccination reminder issued

The Government today reminded citizens in the five priority groups that they can make online bookings from 9am tomorrow for receiving the Comirnaty vaccine.   Reservations can be made through the online booking system on the designated website of the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme to receive the jab at the seven Community Vaccination Centres operated by the Hospital Authority for the period from March 10 to 30.   Under the programme officially launched on February 26, those in the five priority groups can book online for receiving the Sinovac vaccine at eight centres and the authority’s 18 general outpatient clinics for the period until March 28.   People can also choose to receive the Sinovac vaccine directly with a private doctor or clinic under the programme, without going through the Government's online booking system.   The Government called on those in the five priority groups to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
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