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Jab pass plan to expand

The vaccine pass arrangement will be implemented in designated healthcare premises under the Food & Health Bureau, the Department of Health and the Hospital Authority (HA) starting June 13, the Government announced today.   The vaccine pass arrangement is applicable to the 13 types of designated healthcare premises primarily providing non-emergency or non-urgent medical services through appointments, such as HA specialist out-patient clinics, and government dental clinics and orthodontic clinics.   Service users and visitors at designated healthcare premises must present upon request their vaccination record, including recovery record, medical exemption certificate, or the negative result proof of a nucleic acid test that is only applicable to service users for staff members' checking. There is no need to scan the vaccine pass QR code.   Service users and visitors who enter the designated healthcare premises for collecting RAT kits, undergoing COVID-19 testing or receivin

August exports value up 25.9%

The value of Hong Kong’s total goods exports increased to $433.7 billion in August, up 25.9% on the same month last year, the Census & Statistics Department announced today.   The value of imports of goods jumped 28.1% to $460 billion for the same period.   A trade deficit of $26.3 billion, or 5.7% of the value of imports, was recorded for the month.   Comparing the three-month period ending August with the preceding three months on a seasonally adjusted basis, the value of exports increased 3.3%, while that of imports rose 3.7%.   The Government said the value of merchandise exports sustained notable year-on-year growth in August.   Exports to the Mainland, the US, the EU and many other Asian economies showed visible increases.   The total merchandise trade value amounted to $6.5099 trillion for the first eight months of the year, surpassing the high in the same period in 2018 by 12.8%, it added.   Looking ahead, the global economic recovery and vibrant regional trade flows should continue to support Hong Kong’s export performance in the near term.   However, the uncertainties on the economic outlook cast by the COVID-19 pandemic development, China-US relations and heightened geopolitical tensions also warrant attention, the Government noted.
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