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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

2.22m vaccine jabs administered

About 2,224,100 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 1,289,800 people receiving their first dose and about 934,300 getting their second dose.   Among those given the first dose of vaccines, about 553,800 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 736,000 people have received the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 409,300 people have received the Sinovac vaccine, while about 525,000 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 5,800 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine and around 4,000 people received their second dose under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.   For the BioNTech vaccine, about 5,300 people received their first dose at community vaccination centres (CVCs) and about 8,800 people received their second dose.   The overall percentage of people who received the Sinovac vaccine at CVCs is about 95%, while it is about 96% for the BioNTech one.   As of 8pm, about 6,700 people booked their first and second doses of the Sinovac vaccine online, while about 15,300 reserved their first and second doses of the BioNTech jab.   As of midnight, 14 people were sent to hospitals.
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