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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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Travel to the UK disrupted as coronavirus variant runs rampant  Listenfacebook
More and more countries are imposing travel bans on Britain, where a new variant of Covid-19 is spreading quickly. France has also halted road freight from the UK and European Union ambassadors are to meet for emergency talks later on Monday to work out a common strategy. Britain's health secretary Matt Hancock admits the new variant is out of control, and suggested that the tight restrictions that have severely disrupted Christmas plans may be in place for the next couple of months. Our London-based correspondent Gavin Grey told Janice Wong more about the UK government’s response
Government adviser warns curfew may be needed in Hong Kong  Listenfacebook
A Hong Kong government adviser on the pandemic has warned that a partial lockdown may be needed if the authorities are unable to stem the spread of coronavirus. Respiratory medicine professor David Hui says unless case numbers start to fall soon, the government may need to consider a curfew. Jimmy Choi reports:
CHP warns against large family gatherings for winter solstice   Listenfacebook
Health authorities have played down the need to consider draconian measures like a partial lockdown, saying more time is needed to see if existing government measures are working. Seventy local Covid-19 infections were confirmed on Sunday. Joanne Wong reports:
Public urged to trust the government over vaccines   Listenfacebook
Hospital pharmacists are urging high-risk people to get inoculated against coronavirus as soon as vaccines become available. A free mass vaccination programme is scheduled to start in Hong Kong as early as next month if shots from the mainland firm, Sinovac, pass phase three testing this week. The government has also secured the BioNTech vaccine, which the German company is producing with mainland firm Fosun, and is in talks to procure a third developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca. The President of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists, William Chui, says people shouldn't be too concerned about their side effects because early results show they are similar to those of normal flu shots. He also told Jimmy Choi they shouldn't worry about the Sinovac jabs:
Negligence alleged in delayed quarantine death   Listenfacebook
The daughter of a woman who died alone at home while waiting to be put into quarantine has demanded a full investigation of what happened. The Centre for Health Protection's Chuang Shuk-kwan agrees that the case should now be sent to the coroner's court. She also said quarantine workflow had been reviewed to try to prevent a repeat of the incident. Damon Pang reports:
Extended jobless benefits and $600 handout in US relief package   Listenfacebook
US lawmakers have struck a deal for a new package to boost the world's largest economy, which has been battered by the coronavirus pandemic. The US$900 billion package of relief measures was agreed by Republican and Democratic congressional leaders. The stimulus package was merged with measures that cover US federal spending for the rest of the fiscal year, to avoid a government shutdown at midnight on Sunday. RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, told Mike Weeks what the deal involves:
FS wants people involved in budget consultations   Listenfacebook
The government has launched a public consultation on the upcoming budget, with the Financial Secretary Paul Chan promising to focus on safeguarding jobs, propping up businesses, and relieving people’s burdens. Cecil Wong has the details:
‘Huge change’ seen in HK government language over past year   Listenfacebook
Last week, Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng raised concerns by saying the views expressed by herself and her department on legal principles were "perpetual truths" that could help safeguard the rule of law. She made the remark as she defended the Department of Justice's increasingly 'outspoken' approach in addressing what she described as erroneous comments in the media and elsewhere. Regular contributor and legal academic Danny Gittings gave Mike Weeks his thoughts on the comment:
Operation Santa Claus: Hong Kong Children in Need Foundation   Listenfacebook
Operation Santa Claus 2020 is raising money for 19 charities this year. One of the projects is the ‘STEM Maker in School’ project by Hong Kong Children in Need Foundation, which aims to help underprivileged primary school students. Radio 3’s Andrew Dembina, spoke to the Foundation’s Director, Christy Chan: