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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Janice Wong and Mike Weeks


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Dance club attendees ordered to get tested by Tuesday   Listenfacebook
Health authorities are warning it will be very difficult to control the latest surge in coronavirus as a cluster of infections involving 14 dance studios swelled to 80 people. As Joanne Wong reports, they accounted for the bulk of the 68 new Covid-19 cases confirmed on Sunday, the highest total in more than three months:
Opening hours, capacity of test centres stepped up  Listenfacebook
Testing centres will increase quotas and extend operating hours, if necessary, to cope with the compulsory testing of those linked to the coronavirus cluster centred on the Starlight Dance Club in Wan Chai. Robert Kemp has the details:
Disease expert warns of exponential rise in Covid cases   Listenfacebook
An infectious disease expert is calling for the closure of schools, bars and gyms. Dr Leung Chi-chiu warns that if strict anti-epidemic measures aren't re-imposed quickly, the fourth wave of coronavirus infections will run riot in the city. He says Hong Kong could see 200 new cases of the disease a-day within three weeks of now, as Violet Wong reports:
Indoor restrictions ‘essential’ to control fourth coronavirus wave  Listenfacebook
The Centre for Health Protection reported 68 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, the highest total in more than three months. Forty-six are linked, either directly or indirectly, to a cluster involving 14 dance venues. The patients include a cleaner at a studio, and a teacher at the Institute of Technology in Cheung Sha Wan. Janice Wong asked Professor Benjamin Cowling, an epidemiologist with the University of Hong Kong's School of Public Health, how concerned he is about the surge in infections over the last few days:
Hundreds of bars sign up for ‘Leave Home Safe’ scheme  Listenfacebook
The bar industry is urging members to join the government’s “Leave Home Safe” scheme in light of the new surge in coronavirus. It says at least 350 bars and clubs have signed up to the scheme, which allows patrons to scan a QR code so they can be contacted later if the venue is linked to a Covid-19 case. The trade says some 800 or so bars have also agreed to take extra safety measures, such as encouraging staff to undergo regular testing, increasing air flow and installing air purifiers. The director of the Lan Kwai Fong Association, Anthea Cheung, told Timmy Sung she hopes this will help people feel safe in bars:
Distribution ‘the next key challenge’ for Covid vaccines   Listenfacebook
The head of Washington's coronavirus vaccine programme says the first immunisations could start as early as next month, and that life in the US could return to normal by May 2021. Dr Moncef Slaoui said two vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna could be officially approved by December 11 and swiftly shipped out. He also stressed that that there had been no political interference in their development. RTHK’s Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, told Mike Weeks how Slaoui’s announcement had gone down in the US:
Unions draw up staff guidelines for handling political pressure  Listenfacebook
Unions representing several professions are drawing up guidelines for their members on defending professional autonomy in the face of what they describe as "political persecution" by the government. The Hospital Authority Employees Alliance, the Professional Teachers' Union, the Journalists Association and the Hong Kong Social Workers' General Union say they're worried the government is trying to "clean up" their professions by tightening supervision, policy changes and prosecutions. The chair of the Confederation of Trade Unions, Carol Ng, spoke to Joanne Wong about why such guidelines are needed:
Upholding professional autonomy of utmost concern for news media  Listenfacebook
Unions representing hospital workers, teachers, social workers and journalists are drawing up guidelines on defending professional autonomy in the face of what they describe as "political persecution". So what are the key issues for people working in the news media? Mike Weeks asked the chairman of the Hong Kong Journalists Association, Chris Yeung:
Operation Santa Claus: Senior Citizen Home Safety Association  Listenfacebook
Operation Santa Claus is now in full swing. Jointly organised by the South China Morning Post and RTHK, this year it’s supporting 19 charities. One of them is the Senior Citizen Home Safety Association, which aims to provide hundreds of elderly residents with home care services over the next year. Radio 3’s Annemarie Evans spoke to the association’s chief executive, Maura Wong: