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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

2.59m vaccine doses administered

About 2,598,100 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 1,503,500 people receiving their first dose and about 1,094,600 getting their second dose.   Among those given the first dose of vaccines, about 654,500 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 848,900 people have received the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 463,000 people have received the Sinovac vaccine, while about 631,600 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 11,900 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine and around 5,500 people received their second dose under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.   For the BioNTech vaccine, about 19,500 people received their first dose and about 13,500 people received their second dose.   The overall percentage of people who received the Sinovac vaccine at community vaccination centres is about 97%, the same as that of the BioNTech one.   As of 8pm, about 9,500 people booked their first and second doses of the Sinovac vaccine online, while about 15,800 reserved their first and second doses of the BioNTech jab.   As of midnight, 14 people were sent to hospitals.
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