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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

1.92m COVID-19 jabs given

About 1,926,200 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 1,154,000 people receiving their first dose and about 772,200 getting their second dose.   Among those given the first dose of vaccines, about 502,000 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 652,000 people have received the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 364,000 people have received the Sinovac vaccine, while about 408,200 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 4,200 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.   Among them, about 2,800 people received the jab at community vaccination centres (CVCs), while about 1,300 people were inoculated at private doctors and clinics participating in the programme.   Around 4,300 people received their second dose of the Sinovac vaccine today, including about 2,700 vaccinated at CVCs and about 1,600 people through private doctors and clinics.   For the BioNTech vaccine, about 11,700 people received their first dose at CVCs and about 17,400 people received their second dose.   The overall percentage of people who received the Sinovac vaccine at CVCs and that of the BioNTech vaccine are both about 96%.   As of 8pm, about 3,000 people booked their first and second doses of the Sinovac vaccine online, while about 6,100 reserved their first and second doses of the BioNTech jab.   As of midnight, 12 people were sent to hospitals.
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