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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

2 unlinked COVID-19 cases found

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating two additional local COVID-19 cases, both of which have unknown sources of infection.   The first case involves a 43-year-old Pakistani construction site worker who works at the Tseung Kwan O - Lam Tin Tunnel - Main Tunnel & Associated Works site.   He came back from Pakistan on March 16 and underwent quarantine at the Silka Far East Hotel Hong Kong in Tsuen Wan until April 5. Upon completion of quarantine, he stayed at his residence at Shek Wah House of Shek Lei (II) Estate in Kwai Chung.   The patient, who was asymptomatic, was tested at a community testing centre on May 9 and the result was negative. He underwent regular testing on May 23 and tested positive.   The other case involves a 37-year-old Filipina domestic helper who was asymptomatic.   She arrived from the Philippines on March 20 and underwent quarantine at the Ramada Hong Kong Grand View in North Point until April 10. She then went to stay at her employer's residence at Tai Tung Wo Liu Village in Sai Kung.   The patient was tested at a community testing centre on May 9 in accordance with the requirements of compulsory testing notices and her result was negative. On May 22, she underwent another test and the result was positive.   The test result by the Department of Health's Public Health Laboratory Services Branch revealed that the patient carried the N501Y mutant strain and the E484K mutant gene, but not the L452R mutant gene. She tested positive for antibodies after admission to hospital.   The patient said she went to the Immigration Department's Fo Tan Branch Office on April 30 and May 11, and to visit a relative's place at Block 8, Villa Oceania in Ma On Shan on May 9 and 16. She also went to Ma On Shan Park on May 1, 2 and 23.   People who had been to places visited by the two patients are required to undergo compulsory testing, the centre noted.   It has also arranged for the patients' close contacts to be sent to a quarantine centre. Epidemiological investigations and relevant contact tracing are ongoing.   Meanwhile, specified people in relation to Tower 6, Island Harbourview in Tai Kok Tsui are reminded to undergo compulsory testing on May 26. A mobile specimen collection station will be set up in the estate to provide free testing services.   Additionally, six schools are covered in the latest compulsory testing notice due to outbreaks of upper respiratory tract infection or influenza-like illness.   The Learning Habitat Kindergarten located at 1/F, The Sparkle in Cheung Sha Wan was removed from the compulsory testing notice on May 24 since it had been covered in another one on April 26.   A total of 23 cases were reported in the past 14 days, including six local cases, of which three have unknown infection sources, and one that is possibly a local case.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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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