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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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Hong Kong to launch BioNTech vaccinations after Lunar New Year   Listenfacebook
The government has accepted a recommendation from its expert panel on vaccines to approve jabs made by BioNTech. It's the first vaccine endorsed for use in Hong Kong. A million doses are expected to arrive in the second half of February. But health expert Leung Pak-yin says sick or weak elderly people shouldn't be given the jabs at first, saying more time is needed to observe its side effects. Violet Wong reports:
Residents cleared from Laguna City block  Listenfacebook
Block 5 of Laguna City, in Lam Tin, has been partially evacuated after 10 residents and two security guards there came down with Covid-19. Top microbiologist Yuen Kwok-yung says there's evidence of "vertical transmission" in the building. Maggie Ho reports:
Heightened vigilance at Laguna City as some families flee  Listenfacebook
The Kwun Tong district councillor serving Laguna City, William Li, says the general mood among the Lam Tin estate’s residents, who have not been evacuated, is of heightened vigilance. The Civic Party member also revealed that some 15-20 families are planning to leave or have left Block 5 at least temporarily. He told Janice Wong the evacuation process that ran into early Tuesday morning could have been handled more efficiently:
Outbreak among nurses prompts disinfection of QE hospital   Listenfacebook
Three nurses at Queen Elizabeth Hospital have tested preliminary positive for Covid-19 and at least nine of their colleagues have been sent to quarantine as close contacts. On Monday, 73 infections were also confirmed across Hong Kong, including the 13 cases identified through the mass testing in Jordan. Cecil Wong reports:
Government urged to support locked down businesses   Listenfacebook
Yau Tsim Mong district councillors have called on the government to provide a cash subsidy to businesses that lost out because of the lockdown imposed on the area around the Temple Street night market over the weekend. One councillor, Frank Ho, said up to 100 businesses were affected, losing as much as HK$60,000 each. He criticised the Chief Secretary, Matthew Cheung, for saying that no compensation would be offered and urged officials to speak to those affected. He told Violet Wong more shops could close if the government doesn't help them:
Traders warn against lockdown of wholesale fruit market  Listenfacebook
A representative of the Yau Ma Tei Wholesale Fruit Market has urged the government not to impose a lockdown on the market amid a rise in Covid-19 infections in the neighbourhood. Damon Pang reports:
Three more students held over attack on CUHK security guards  Listenfacebook
RTHK has learnt that three more Chinese University students have been arrested over the attack by a group of black-clad people on campus security guards earlier this month. Footage streamed by the university's campus video showed police raiding several student dormitories on Monday evening. Another student was arrested earlier this month. At the same time, the University of Science and Technology Students’ Union has expressed “extreme regret” over the school's decision to punish its leaders for their involvement in a series of protest-related activities. Priscilla Ng reports:
EOC launches sexual harassment hotline  Listenfacebook
The Equal Opportunities Commission says national-level sports organisations have stepped up measures to prevent sexual harrasment, although 10 percent of them still lack policies or codes of conduct. The EOC says 43 of the 79 bodies it surveyed had implemented anti-harassment policies since its last study in 2018. That came shortly after Hong Kong hurdling champion Vera Lui revealed she'd been sexually assaulted as a teenager by a coach. Kitty Lam, the watchdog's chief policy, research and training officer told Mike Weeks that while they are encouraged by the findings, under-reporting of harassment is still a worrying issue:
Ocean Park chair doesn’t want it to become a taxpayer burden  Listenfacebook
The government says it's confident that a planned multi-billion-dollar overhaul of Ocean Park will allow it to return to profitability as early as 2024. But as Candice Wong reports, lawmakers are worried the cash-strapped park will require more and more public money to keep it afloat:
New quarantine rules to cost Cathay up to HK$400m a month   Listenfacebook
Cathay Pacific has warned that its passenger and cargo services, as well as its finances, will be hit hard when new quarantine rules for flight crew take effect. Timmy Sung has more:
Food parcel report opens can of worms for RTHK  Listenfacebook
An RTHK report on the food parcels handed out to people caught up in the unprecedented coronavirus lockdown in Jordan at the weekend has apparently opened a can of worms. It's forced the broadcaster to hit back at accusations that it tried to intentionally mislead people to criticise the government. Timmy Sung reports: