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

2021-01-20
Wednesday

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Government makes U-turn over Chinese New Year fairs   Listenfacebook
The government has reversed its decision to scrap all Lunar New Year fairs, deciding instead to halve the number of stalls set up and putting in place crowd control measures to try to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission. Frances Sit reports:
Medical expert warns against Lunar New Year gatherings   Listenfacebook
The government U-turn on fairs came despite calls from an infectious diseases expert for more stringent crowd-control measures over the Chinese New Year holidays. Candice Wong has the details:
Medical Association head says pandemic restrictions need to continue  Listenfacebook
The President of the Hong Kong Medical Association, Choi Kin, is concerned that asymptomatic carriers of Covid-19 will not be detected by crowd control measures to be implemented at Lunar New Year fairs. He told Mike Weeks the government’s attempt to strike a balance might not be wise:
Yau Ma Tei-Jordan cluster testing expanded to 70 more buildings  Listenfacebook
Testing for Covid-19 is being ramped up in Yau Ma Tei and Jordan as the number of coronavirus cases continue to rise in the densely-populated area of South Kowloon. The authorities also announced plans for sweeping testing in Sham Shui Po should any infections crop up there. Overall, new coronavirus cases dropped back to 56 on Tuesday, although more than half of them were residents of the Yau Tsim Mong district. Wendy Wong reports:
Government urged to clarify need for Sham Shui Po testing  Listenfacebook
District councillor Kalvin Ho says Sham Shui Po residents are confused as to why the government has stepped up testing for Covid-19 as case numbers there remain low. He spoke to Janice Wong:
Job market turn around ‘unlikely’ in first half of 2021   Listenfacebook
The number of jobless people in Hong Kong rose by 1,500 to 245,800 in December, cutting the city's labour force to just under 3.9 million at the end of the year. The jobless rate in November was 6.3 percent. All major employment sectors were affected, with shops, hotels and F&B outlets worst hit. Simon Lee, a senior lecturer from Chinese University's business school, says with tough restrictions still in place due to the pandemic, most local businesses have no chance of turning their fortunes around during the usually hectic Chinese New Year period. He spoke to Annemarie Evans:
CE will co-operate with Beijing over any changes to elections  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam says her administration will work with Beijing to make changes it deems necessary to Hong Kong's political system. Maggie Ho reports:
Carrie Lam says civil service oath not an extra requirement  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, doesn't believe making civil servants pledge allegiance to the SAR and the government will damage their morale. Jimmy Choi reports:
HKJA decides against police appeal   Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) says it won't be taking its legal challenge over police behaviour towards reporters at protests to a higher court. Last month, the High Court dismissed the HKJA’s complaint that officers had acted unlawfully by failing to ensure the media could carry out its duties while covering demonstrations. Candice Wong has more:
Authorities seize over 300,000 fake masks  Listenfacebook
Customs officers say they've made their largest seizure yet of counterfeit face masks. Vicky Wong has the details: