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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

931 cases found in restricted areas

The Government today announced that 931 preliminary positive COVID-19 cases were found in the compulsory testing exercises for the restricted areas in Kwai Chung, Tuen Mun, Diamond Hil and Kwun Tong.   It made a restriction-testing declaration yesterday for Tin Kuen House of Shun Tin Estate in Kwun Tong, where 1,470 people were tested and 361 preliminary positive cases were identified.   At Blocks 1 - 3 of Hoi Tak Gardens in Tuen Mun, 631 people underwent a virus test and 43 of them were preliminarily contracted with COVID-19.   At Oi Ming House and Oi Yung House of Yau Oi Estate, also in Tuen Mun, 1,715 and 770 people took the test, with 248 and 153 initial cases found.   As for Shek Lei (I) Estate in Kwai Chung, 960 people took a virus test, with 104 preliminary positive cases reported.   Meanwhile at Diamond Hill’s Regent on the Hill, 22 out of 563 people were found initially infected.   There were also 95 indeterminate cases in the restricted areas, the Government added.
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