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Apr exports value up 1.1%

The value of Hong Kong’s total goods exports increased to $389 billion in April, up 1.1% compared with the same month last year, the Census & Statistics Department announced today.   The value of imports of goods rose 2.1% to $425.6 billion for the same period.   A trade deficit of $36.6 billion, or 8.6% of the value of imports, was recorded for the month.   Comparing the three-month period ending April with the preceding three months on a seasonally adjusted basis, the value of total exports decreased 12% while that of imports fell 11.7%.   The Government said epidemic-induced transportation disruptions, though easing somewhat in the latter part of the month, continued to constrain export performance.   It pointed out that exports to the Mainland fell while those to the US and the European Union posted visible growth.   Looking ahead, the global economic outlook has worsened amid rampant inflation in some major economies and monetary policy tightening by respective cen

Vaccination case reported

The Department of Health said as of 4pm today, in the past 24 hours it received one report from the Hospital Authority of a death case with suspected serious adverse event following COVID-19 vaccination.   The case involved a 57-year-old man with a history of hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and obesity. He was found unconscious on the street at around midnight of May 2.   He was admitted to Pok Oi Hospital's accident and emergency department and passed away this morning.   The man had received a dose of the Sinovac vaccine at a community vaccination centre on April 26 and there was no record of him feeling unwell during observation there.   The department has contacted the authority to obtain further information and will pass the case to the Expert Committee on Clinical Events Assessment Following COVID-19 Immunisation for causality assessment.   So far, there is no clinical evidence to indicate that the event was caused by the vaccine, it added.
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