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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

4 imported COVID-19 cases reported

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating four additional COVID-19 cases, all of which are imported.   The cases involve three women and one man aged between 31 and 41 who arrived from Indonesia, South Korea, the Netherlands and India.   One of the patients, a 40-year-old man from India, arrived in Hong Kong on April 18 with an earlier imported case. He was classified as a close contact and underwent quarantine at the Penny's Bay Quarantine Centre until May 9.   After completing quarantine he stayed at his residence at Shing Fu House of Kwai Shing East Estate in Kwai Chung. He was tested at a community testing centre on May 13 and his result was negative.   On May 29, he was admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital due to his underlying illness and tested indeterminate for COVID-19 on admission. He then tested positive for immunoglobulin G.   As a prudent measure, Shing Fu House where the patient lives was included in the compulsory testing notice on May 30, under which relevant people are required to undergo testing by June 2.   The centre also announced that there is a preliminary positive case involving a 35-year-old male police officer.   He lives in Wai Mei House of Yau Mei Court in Yau Tong and works at Wan Chai Police District Headquarters and Wan Chai Police Division. Both places will be subject to compulsory testing.   The officer developed a sore throat, cough and runny nose on May 28 and went to a private doctor the next day. His deep throat saliva sample collected on May 30 tested positive for the virus.   Police said the officer last attended work today. He has no travel history in the past 14 days and wore masks while on duty.   All facilities in the office concerned have been sterilised and staff who might have had contact with the officer have been arranged to undergo COVID-19 testing.   A total of 13 cases were reported in Hong Kong in the past 14 days, all of which are imported.   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