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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

Outreach jab service in place

(To watch the full media session with sign language interpretation, click here.)   Chief Executive Carrie Lam today said the Government is enhancing its COVID-19 vaccination service by reaching out to companies to offer on-site vaccination for their employees.   “From today onwards, we are even reaching out to major companies which have a suitable venue for them to assemble their staff, say up to 150 or 200.   “We will send a medical team to provide vaccination to the staff on-site.”   She added that Hong Kong has an ample supply of COVID-19 vaccines, along with a robust network of vaccination centres to serve citizens.   Mrs Lam also noted that recent editorials mentioned that vaccination is a key way of helping society combat COVID-19.   “I am very pleased to read at least two editorials this morning, one in Chinese saying that since we are approaching zero infections, let us do more on vaccination. I think that is an appeal to the people. And then in an English newspaper, it said in light of the Taiwan experience, vaccination is the only way out.”
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