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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

194 cases found in restricted areas

The Government today announced that 194 preliminary positive COVID-19 cases were found in the compulsory testing exercises for the restricted areas in Wong Tai Sin, Kwun Tong and Tin Shui Wai.   It made restriction-testing declarations yesterday for Chui King House of Choi Hung Estate and Kwai Tung House of Tung Tau (II) Estate in Wong Tai Sin. A total of 1,114 and 1,063 people were tested in the two housing blocks and 43 and 48 preliminary positive cases were identified.   At Tsui Mui House of Tsui Ping (North) Estate in Kwun Tong, 927 people were tested and 65 preliminary positive cases were detected.   For Yau Ning House of Tin Yau Court in Tin Shui Wai where 1,260 people underwent testing, 38 preliminarily tested positive for the virus.   There were also 37 indeterminate cases in the restricted areas, the Government added.   The Centre for Health Protection will follow up on the cases.
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