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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

No new COVID-19 cases found

The Centre for Health Protection announced that as of midnight, no new COVID-19 cases have been recorded, leaving the total number of confirmed cases in Hong Kong at 11,837.   The centre said five cases reported earlier have been reclassified as imported ones after the epidemiological investigation, clinical evidence and genetic sequencing analysis revealed that the patients were more likely infected with the coronavirus before arriving in Hong Kong.    Seventeen cases were reported in the past 14 days, including 16 imported cases and one import-related case.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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