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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

19 COVID-19 cases identified

(To watch the full press briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 19 additional COVID-19 cases, of which seven are locally transmitted including one with an unknown source of infection.   This brings the total number of confirmed cases in Hong Kong to 11,499.   The unlinked case involves a 33-year-old man who lives in Tseung Kwan O Village in Tseung Kwan O.   Twelve imported cases arrived from Indonesia, the Philippines, Botswana, Canada, Ireland and Pakistan.   A total of 130 cases have been recorded in the past 14 days, including 48 local ones, of which 15 have unknown sources of infection.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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