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Testing compliance checks done

The Government today completed enforcement operations at Block 6 of Hanford Garden in Tuen Mun and Goldwin Heights at 2 Seymour Road in Mid-Levels, which were earlier included in compulsory testing notices.   The Civil Service Bureau conducted the Tuen Mun enforcement action from around 8.30am to 11.30am, while the Central & Western District Office carried out the Mid-Levels operation from around 8am to 11am.   Both actions were conducted together with Police and the Department of Health.   The Government arranged for staff to verify the testing certifications of people subject to compulsory testing at the buildings’ entrances and exits.   During the operations, the test records of about 200 people in Block 6 of Hanford Garden and about 430 people in Goldwin Heights were checked.   As a result, seven people in total were found to have violated the compulsory testing notice and were issued with a compulsory testing order.    A fixed penalty notice of $10,000 was also iss

Mar exports value down 8.9%

The value of Hong Kong’s total goods exports decreased to $372.8 billion in March, down 8.9% compared with the same month last year, the Census & Statistics Department announced today.   The value of imports of goods fell 6% to $410 billion for the same period.   A trade deficit of $37.3 billion, or 9.1% of the value of imports, was recorded for the month.   Comparing the first quarter this year with the preceding quarter on a seasonally adjusted basis, the value of total exports decreased 2.9%, while that of imports fell 1.8%.   The Government said the value of merchandise exports turned to a year-on-year decrease in March amid moderating external demand and epidemic-induced disruptions to cross-boundary cargo flows between the Mainland and Hong Kong. A high base of comparison was also relevant.   Exports to the Mainland and the EU fell while those to the US posted decelerated growth. Exports to other major Asian markets saw mixed performance.   Looking ahead, elevated global inflation, major central banks’ monetary policy tightening, as well as heightened geopolitical tensions will continue to weigh on the global economic outlook, posing challenges to Hong Kong’s export performance.   Nonetheless, the stabilised local epidemic of late should be conducive to the gradual alleviation of cross-boundary transportation disruptions, thus rendering some support, the Government added.
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