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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

523 COVID-19 cases recorded

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 523 additional COVID-19 cases, of which 252 were detected by nucleic acid tests and 271 were identified via rapid antigen tests.   Among the new cases, 13 are imported while the rest are locally infected.   A total of 1,188,800 people have contracted the virus since the onset of the fifth wave of the epidemic, involving 9,023 deaths.   Meanwhile, the Government made a restriction-testing declaration to cover Blocks 2 and 3 of Bel Air Heights in Diamond Hill, requiring people in the restricted area to undergo compulsory testing before the specified deadline.   Given that there were positive sewage test results with relatively high viral loads in several areas of Tuen Mun, the respective district offices will distribute COVID-19 rapid test kits to relevant residents as well as cleaning workers and property management staff working in those areas.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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