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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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Officials hail Jordan lockdown a success  Listenfacebook
Over 10,000 residents of the Temple Street area of Jordan have endured Hong Kong's first lockdown, with authorities hailing what they described as a successful exercise in containing the coronavirus outbreak there. It took affect at 4 am on Saturday but a media leak on Friday meant some residents fled the area with their belongings before it was sealed off. Virus-free residents were allowed out from 6 pm Sunday, with the lockdown officially lifted at around 3.30 am on Monday. But health authorities haven't ruled out a second round of compulsory testing, or further lockdowns, as Timmy Sung reports:
Residents critical of handling of lockdown  Listenfacebook
A Yau Tsim Mong councillor says residents of Jordan who faced lockdown over the weekend have complained about poor communication and a lack of financial compensation for those affected. Owan Li told Janice Wong things in the sealed-off area around the Temple Street night market were still not back to normal on Monday morning, with many residents still choosing to stay away:
Government urged to move faster if more lockdowns needed   Listenfacebook
A government adviser on the pandemic says the area around the Yau Ma Tei wholesale fruit market may be next to face a lockdown. Chinese University respiratory disease expert David Hui expressed concern about the rise in Covid-19 infections in the neighbourhood, which is close to the area of Jordon that was locked down. But he urged officials to move faster if they want to seal-off the area for testing. Timmy Sung reports:
Usefulness of lockdown questioned by infectious diseases professor   Listenfacebook
A co-director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control at the University of Hong Kong says herd immunity gained from widespread vaccination is essential before life can get back to normal here. Professor Benjamin Cowling told Mike Weeks the 13 Covid-19 infections, found among some 7,000 people in the Jordan lockdown zone up to the end of Saturday, had not made that big a difference to the battle against the disease in Hong Kong:
Union says oaths make civil service unattractive to young people   Listenfacebook
The head of a civil service union is warning that young civil servants may prefer to leave the government, rather than sign an oath of allegiance to the Basic Law and the SAR. The territory's 180,000 government staff have until mid-February to sign the declaration or risk being fired. Natale Ching reports:
Federal co-ordination ‘essential’ to rollout of vaccines in the US  Listenfacebook
The number of coronavirus cases recorded in the United States has exceeded 25 million, more than a quarter of all infections worldwide. Over 400,000 Americans have died of the disease and hospitals in many parts of the country are struggling to cope. US President Joe Biden has made tackling the pandemic and its economic effects his top priorities. Mike Weeks spoke to RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, about that and Dr Anthony Fauci’s delight at being kept on as Biden’s top health adviser: