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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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No new infections found in Laguna City lockdown  Listenfacebook
No new coronavirus cases were found in Hong Kong’s fourth lockdown in just over a week, this time at Lam Tin’s Laguna City. Blocks 5 and 7 of the private housing estate were shut off on Sunday night in the “ambush-style” operation that tested 460 people after 15 cases had been confirmed in the buildings in the past fortnight. Some residents say they were puzzled by Sunday night's move as they had just been tested for the virus. Damon Pang reports:
Chief Secretary says lockdown goal is to reduce cases to zero   Listenfacebook
On Sunday, 53 Covid-19 infections were confirmed, nine of them imported. Four more cases were linked to construction sites for the airport's third runway raising the total number of cases in the cluster to 15. Some 3,000 workers at the sites were tested on Saturday. Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung says more lockdowns may be coming soon despite the mixed response and results from the operations carried out so far. Wendy Wong reports:
Government urged to look at using Sinopharm vaccine   Listenfacebook
A University of Hong Kong professor has urged the government to explore the possibility of replacing one mainland vaccine with another if it means the territory can launch its Covid-19 inoculation programme more quickly. Wendy Wong has the details:
Less than a third of HKers willing to get inoculated   Listenfacebook
A survey by the Society of Hospital Pharmacists suggests that less than a third of people in Hong Kong intend to get vaccinated against Covid-19. Thirty-six percent of almost 840 respondents said they hadn't yet decided, while a third said they wouldn't join the government’s universal vaccination programme. Richard Pyne asked the society's president, Dr William Chui, about the findings:
Hong Kong families head for new lives in the UK  Listenfacebook
Online applications opened on Sunday for a new visa programme allowing people here with British National (Overseas) status to live and work in the UK. Beijing says the BNO arrangement violates the Sino-British Joint Declaration; but London says it's a response to the imposition of the national security law and the loss of Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy. RTHK's Frances Sit spoke to two families - one that's already gone to a new life in Britain, and another that's planning to go sometime this year - about how they came to make this life-altering decision:
Hong Kong facing population loss double whammy  Listenfacebook
The British government expects more than 300,000 people to leave Hong Kong for the UK under its new BNO visa route which opened on Sunday. This allows people here eligible for BNO status and their immediate dependants to apply for the visa using a smartphone app and eventually settle in the UK. It comes just ahead of the release of Hong Kong’s annual population report this month. That's said to show that deaths exceeded births in the city last year for the first time since official records began over 60 years ago. Paul Yip, a professor at the University of Hong Kong's Department of Social Work and Social Administration, told Mike Weeks that the SAR faces a double tragedy as a result:
DAB seeks ‘concrete ideas’ on government reform  Listenfacebook
The DAB says it will consult the public on governance reform to try to create a stronger and more responsive administration to tackle Hong Kong's deep-rooted problems. The pro-Beijing party says the SAR has left many issues unaddressed since its formation in 1997, and now is the time to start tackling them. Damon Pang reports:
Britain ‘looking’ to tap Asian growth in bid to join CPTPP   Listenfacebook
Britain is applying to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTTP) made up of 11 Asian and Pacific countries as part of its post-Brexit plans. The trade group covers a market of 500 million people and generates more than 13 percent of the world's income. But it's unclear what the benefits for the UK would be. RTHK's Washington-based international economics correspondent, Barry Wood, told Mike Weeks the move shows that Britain is trying to find a new role for itself in the world:
Doubt cast that individual traders could have driven GameStop frenzy  Listenfacebook
Shares in the struggling high street computer games retailer GameStop surged again in the US on Friday, ending the day almost 70 percent higher. That's despite some brokerages temporarily halting dealing amid extreme volatility on Thursday. Watchdogs in both the US and UK say they are monitoring activity and have warned traders they could face huge losses. Roger Scott, investment strategist and co-founder of WealthPress, told Carolyn Wright there’s much more to this than nerds versus Wall Street: