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Daily COVID-19 cases reach 10k

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The Centre for Health Protection today said it is looking into 9,531 additional locally acquired COVID-19 cases, of which 1,930 were identified through nucleic acid tests and 7,601 via rapid antigen tests.   Separately, 606 imported cases were detected.   Furthermore, 12 residential care homes for the elderly and seven for disabled people logged 37 cases involving their residents and staff.   Meanwhile, there were 1,284 positive cases concerning 1,066 students and 218 staff filed by 719 schools. As a result, 19 classes from 19 schools were advised to suspend face-to-face lessons for seven days.   In addition to reporting that 15 patients passed away in public hospitals due to the coronavirus, the Hospital Authority registered 13 more critical patients, bringing the number in critical condition to 54.   At a press briefing this afternoon, the centre's Principal Medical & Health Officer Dr Albert Au said the number of daily COVID-19 confirmed cases has been rising stead

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1.8% inflation in October

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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

CFA Society Hong Kong 30th Anniversary

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CFA Society Hong Kong (the Society) is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its founding in 1992. In celebration of its achievements, the Society rolled out a series of marketing communications programs to increase our brand awareness. The Society shares the mission of CFA Institute in raising the professional and ethical standards of financial analysts and investment practitioners through advocacy and continuing education efforts. In addition to promoting the CFA designation in Hong Kong, the Society aims to provide a forum for members, CFA Institute, other investment practitioners and regulators for networking and the exchange of industry insights and best practices. The Society is led by the Board of Directors, monitored by its Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) and advised by the Advisory Board, providing a broad range of perspectives on issues relating to the Society and protecting the interests of members. The Society is mostly run by member volunteers with the support of a team of fu

Melioidosis statutorily notifiable

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The Government today published a notice in the Gazette to include melioidosis as a statutorily notifiable infectious disease under Schedule 1 of the Prevention & Control of Disease Ordinance.   As such, medical practitioners are required to notify the Department of Health if they have reason to suspect that a melioidosis case exists, the Government explained.   While person-to-person transmission and animal-to-human transmission are rare, melioidosis bacteria can survive in the local environment, the department’s Centre for Health Protection noted.   Moreover, melioidosis is endemic in Hong Kong, and the presence of the bacteria in the environment may cause potential outbreaks. In regards to this, and the recent increase in the number of cases, especially in Sham Shui Po, the Government proposed to list melioidosis a statutorily notifiable infectious disease to enhance surveillance and prevention.   The move would facilitate early intervention in case of a suspected outbrea

October sunnier than usual

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October was sunnier than usual in Hong Kong, mainly due to the stronger than normal subtropical ridge over southern China, the Hong Kong Observatory said today.   The duration of bright sunshine in the month was 241 hours, 43.2 hours above normal.   The mean maximum temperature of 29.5 degrees Celsius and the mean temperature of 26.2 degrees Celsius were 1.4 degrees and 0.5 degrees above their corresponding normal figures, and were one of the highest and one of the eighth highest on record for October respectively.   The month was also drier than usual with a monthly rainfall of only 49.9mm, about 41% of the normal figure.   The accumulated rainfall this year up to October was 2,048.9mm, about 13% lower than the normal figure for the same period.   The maximum temperature at the observatory rose to 33.5 degrees Celsius in the afternoon on October 4, the highest of the month and marking the hottest Chung Yeung Festival on record.   Under the combined effect of the northeast

FS to attend summit

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Financial Secretary Paul Chan will attend the Global Financial Leaders’ Investment Summit tomorrow after the Centre for Health Protection determined that his infection case was a recovered one and isolation was not required.   Mr Chan took a PCR test at Hong Kong International Airport after arrival, and left the airport under the “test-and-go” arrangement.   He went through the procedures in line with the entry quarantine requirements for those arriving in Hong Kong from overseas regions.   Having assessed Mr Chan’s case and evaluated the PCR test results, the centre considered that it was a recovered case and was not contagious.   The Financial Secretary will attend the summit the next day but will not take part in meals. http://dlvr.it/Sc5CJB

Testing compliance check done

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The Government today completed a joint enforcement operation at Block C of Lung Fung Garden in Sheung Shui, which was earlier included in a compulsory testing notice.   The enforcement action was conducted from around 8.30am to 11.30am by the Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department together with Police and the Department of Health.   Out of the 194 people whose records were checked, five failed to comply with the notice. One of them was issued with a compulsory testing order and a fixed penalty notice of $10,000. http://dlvr.it/SbWP4v