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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

3.22m vaccine jabs given

About 3,220,600 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 1,940,400 people receiving their first dose and around 1,280,200 getting their second dose.   Among those given the first dose of vaccines, about 844,400 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 1,096,000 people have received the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 526,600 people have received the Sinovac vaccine, while about 753,500 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 7,900 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine and around 4,600 people received their second dose under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.   For the BioNTech vaccine, about 16,200 people received their first dose and about 9,300 people received their second dose.   The overall percentage of people who received the Sinovac vaccine at community vaccination centres is about 96%, while it is 97% for the BioNTech one.   As of 8pm, about 5,400 people booked their first and second doses of the Sinovac vaccine online, while about 16,800 reserved their first and second doses of the BioNTech jab.   As of midnight, nine people were sent to hospitals.
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