Inflation continues falling trend with 3.7pc in June
Inflation eased to 3.7 per cent last month, its lowest since February last year, according to government figures released yesterday. It was down from 4.3 per cent in May and 4.7 per cent in April. A government spokesman said inflation was likely to recede further because of a fall in the price of imports. Inflation for the second quarter was 4.2 per cent, down from 5.2 per cent in the first.
Car hits toll collector at Lion Rock Tunnel
A 53-year-old toll collector was in serious condition in Prince of Wales Hospital last night after being hit by a Kowloon-bound car at Lion Rock Tunnel. The woman was leaving her booth for lunch when the accident happened.
Visa-free access to Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan has extended 14-day visa-free access to holders of Hong Kong passports from Thursday, the immigration department said.
18 hurt in four-vehicle chain accident
Eighteen people aged 21 to 61 were injured in a chain accident involving two minibuses, a car and a light goods vehicle on the Lung Yeuk Tau section of Sha Tau Kok Road. Police said the accident occurred when the car changed lanes suddenly.
Man loses right hand to flesh-eating disease
A 74-year-old man had his right hand amputated at Queen Mary Hospital in Pok Fu Lam after it became infected with the flesh-eating disease necrotising fasciitis. The Southern District resident developed fever and swelling soon after his hand was injured by a crab on Wednesday and was admitted to hospital on Thursday. Doctors performed the amputation on the same day. The patient was in stable condition last night. Tests found the pathogen Vibrio vulnificus present in his tissue.