HK seasonal influenza causes 126 deaths in 2015







HONG KONG  |  2015-02-05 22:42:47

 HK seasonal influenza causes 126 deaths in 2015

By Xie Xiyu

Winter influenza has caused 126 deaths here since January 2, 2015, according to a press release by the Center for Health Protection (CHP) of the Hong Kong Department of Health on Thursday of February 5.

Regarding severe cases, from Wednesday noon to Thursday noon, seven were dead among 11 recorded additional cases of influenza- associated admission to intensive care units or death among adults aged 18 or above, the release said, adding an additional death was recorded among previously reported cases.

So far there are 198 recorded severe cases of influenza, among which 126 were dead.

In the last winter season in early 2014, 266 severe cases were filed, and 133 deaths were recorded.

Meanwhile, no additional cases of severe pediatric influenza- associated complication among children aged under 18 have been reported since Wednesday via the ongoing reporting system. The total of pediatric cases this year hence remains at 11 with no deaths reported. In 2014, 27 pediatric cases were filed, in which four children were dead.

The CHP again urged the public to heighten vigilance and get vaccinated early against seasonal influenza.






HONG KONG  |  2015-02-05 15:27:15

 China’s HK, Mexico sign MoU on cooperation in intellectual property

By Wang Xiaoni

China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Mexico on Thursday of February 5 signed here a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the field of intellectual property (IP).

Director of Intellectual Property Ada Leung of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Director General of the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property Miguel Angel Margain signed the MoU.

The MoU provides a framework to facilitate cooperation between China’s Hong Kong and Mexico in the areas of IP, such as exchange of information, best practices and experience, training of personnel, promotion of IP trading and commercialization as well as joint organization of seminars and conferences.

Hong Kong’s Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Philip Yung and Consul-General of Mexico in Hong Kong Alicia Buenrostro Massieu attended the signing ceremony.

“The MoU provides an excellent basis for developing the trans- Pacific bonds between Hong Kong and Mexico in the area of IP,” Yung said.

“With strong support from the governments and industry and business sectors of both places, the collaboration would inspire more joint IP undertakings in the future,” he said.






HONG KONG  |  2015-02-05 16:40:54

 Hong Kong’s home prices, rent continue to rise

By Huang Xin

Prices of small and medium sized flats in China’s Hong Kong saw bigger increase in recent months, latest official data showed.

The latest data from Hong Kong’s Rating and Valuation Department showed that local home prices have risen for a ninth consecutive month, with private home prices rallying 13 percent in December from a year ago.

Meanwhile, prices of small and medium sized flats saw bigger increase when compared to those of luxury units. At the same time rent rose 6 percent year-on-year, extending a rising trend since March.






HONG KONG  |  2015-02-05 16:39:33

 HK stocks close 0.35 pct higher

By Wang Xiaoni

Hong Kong stocks ended up 0.35 percent on Thursday of February 5, with the benchmark Hang Seng index rising 85. 73 points to end at 24,765.49 points, after trading between 24,642. 81 and 25,048.26. Turnover totaled 100.17 billion HK dollars ( about 12.91 billion U.S. dollars).

The Hang Seng China Enterprises Index rose 21.70 points, or 0. 18 percent, to close at 11,798.19.

Three sub-indices gained ground, with the Finance sub-index rising the most by 0.55 percent, followed by the Commerce and Industry 0.40 percent and the Properties 0.25 percent. The Utility lost 1.69 percent.

Banking giant HSBC, which accounts for the largest weighting of the Hang Seng Index, closed down 0.3 percent to 72.20 HK dollars, while its local unit Hang Seng Bank rose 1.0 percent to 144.90 HK dollars. Local bourse operator HKEX dereased 0.2 percent at 178.00 HK dollars.

Local developers Hang Lung Properties retreated 1.1 percent to 22.35 HK dollars. Henderson Land, another major developer in Hong Kong, added 0.1 percent to 55.00 HK dollars, and Cheung Kong Holding, a powerful HK-based developer controlled by billionaire Li Ka-shing, lost 0.6 percent to 146.50 HK dollars.

As for mainland-based financial stocks, China Construction Bank, the country’s second largest bank which accounts for the third largest weighting of the Hang Seng Index, rose 1.9 percent to 6.39 HK dollars. ICBC, the world’s largest bank by market value, went up 1.8 percent to 5.67 HK dollars. Bank of China grew 1.6 percent to 4.40 HK dollars.

PetroChina, the country’s largest oil and gas producer, was down 2.3 percent to 8.56 HK dollars. (1 U.S. dollar equals 7.761 HK dollars)






HONG KONG  |  2015-02-05 17:12:07

 Gold price closes higher in Hong Kong

By Wang Xiaoni

The gold price in Hong Kong closed higher at 11,720 HK dollars per tael on Thursday of February 5, up 20 HK dollars per tael from the previous trading day, according to the Chinese Gold and Silver Exchange Society.

The price is equivalent to 1,267.78 U.S. dollars a troy ounce, up 2.16 U.S. dollars at the latest exchange rate of 1 U.S. dollar against 7.75 HK dollars.






HONG KONG  |  2015-02-05 15:12:54

 Taiwan stocks close 0.01 pct lower

By Wang Xiaoni

Taiwan’s share prices closed down 0.01 percent on Thursday of February 5 with the weighted index down 1.87 points at 9,512.05, according to news reaching here from Taipei.

Turnover totaled 72.98 billion new Taiwan dollars (about 2.32 billion U.S. dollars) during the trading session.









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