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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

Bogus health call alert issued

The Department of Health issued an alert today about fraudulent phone calls from a caller claiming to be a staff member and instructing people to  go to a quarantine centre or to the department's headquarters for quarantine.   The phone calls were purportedly made by the department's client relations hotline at 2836 0077.   The department said it did not make the calls and has reported the matter to Police.   It explained that if staff need to contact the public through the hotline they will provide relevant information to verify the identity of both parties, but will not ask for sensitive personal information.   The Centre for Health Protection's hotlines at 2125 1111 and 2125 1122 allow the public to verify the identity of authorised officers if necessary.   The department urged the public to stay alert and if they receive suspected fraudulent calls not to follow the caller's instructions and report the matter to Police.
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