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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

HK reports 5 COVID-19 cases

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating five additional COVID-19 cases, of which two are locally transmitted.   The new cases involve three men and two women aged between six and 66.   The two local cases, involving a 66-year-old man and a six-year-old boy, are epidemiologically linked with a local case. They live at Block 3 of Oi Fai House, Yau Oi Estate in Tuen Mun where a confirmed case was detected earlier this week.   Additionally, the centre detected two preliminary cases at Block 3 of Oi Fai House. They are family members residing in a unit 32.   So far, four confirmed and two preliminary positive COVID-19 cases have been detected in the same building.   In view of a confirmed case previously detected at a unit 31 and an investigation revealed that units 9 and 10 and 31 and 32 separately share a common soil pipe, the centre took into account the opinions from experts and decided to carry out more prudent infection control measures.   The Department of Health will further issue quarantine orders to all asymptomatic residents in units 10, 31 and 32 on all floors of Block 3 of Oi Fai House and transfer them to quarantine centres, whereas symptomatic residents will be sent to the hospital for treatment.   The three imported cases arrived from the Philippines, Pakistan and Indonesia.   A total of 124 cases have been recorded in the past 14 days, including 23 local ones, of which 10 have unknown infection sources.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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124 COVID-19 cases reported

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 124 additional COVID-19 cases. More cases were detected in Kwai Chung Estate. There are also more than 70 preliminary positive cases.   Among the newly reported cases, 33 are related to Kwai Chung Estate, bringing the total number of positive and preliminary positive cases in the estate to 276.   One more positive case was found after an earlier confirmed case occurred at Glory Court, Tsuen Wan Garden, both of them live in units 5 but on two different floors. The centre has co-ordinated with related government departments and conducted an inspection today.    It was preliminarily considered that vertical transmission of virus via pipes is involved.   The centre will issue quarantine orders to residents of unit 5 on all floors of the building who resided there during the incubation period of the relevant cases and transfer them to a quarantine facility.   As it is possible that virus might be ejected from the open