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

2021-02-22
Monday

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CHP says HK still at risk of a significant Covid rebound  Listenfacebook
The post-Chinese New Year rise in Covid-19 infections is continuing, with worries growing over outbreaks at a special needs school on the Island and a Sham Shui Po property agency. Twenty infections were confirmed in Hong Kong on Sunday, with health authorities expressing concern about the persistence of untraceable cases. Jimmy Choi reports:
Schools physically reopen at one-third capacity   Listenfacebook
Children across Hong Kong have been rushing back to school as coronavirus restrictions are eased. From Monday, schools are allowed to have up to a third of their students back on campus, double the previous maximum. Institutions that can guarantee that all staff can get tested for Covid-19 once a fortnight are eligible to have all students back for half-day classes. But Education Secretary Kevin Yeung says there are no plans to make it a requirement for teachers to get tested or add them to the priority list for the vaccinations. Mervyn Cheung from the Education Policy Concern Organisation believes they should be. But he told Janice Wong schools were well prepared for the reopening:
Teacher testing remains purely voluntary  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Education, Kevin Yeung, says authorities still don’t know when schools can fully resume in-person teaching. He also said there are no plan as yet to require teachers to get vaccinated to allow for this. Natale Ching reports:
Pharmacists call for vaccine education to boost take up rate   Listenfacebook
People can sign up for the government's universal vaccination programme from Tuesday, and officials are keeping up the pressure for them to do so. They say a strong response is needed if Hong Kong is to get over the coronavirus pandemic. But the Society of Hospital Pharmacists is urging the government to send letters, texts, or even directly call eligible people to encourage them to get inoculated. Its president, William Chui, told Jimmy Choi he thinks fears about rare side effects are overblown, and the government needs to let people know this:
Hong Kong told to brace for austerity  Listenfacebook
Financial Secretary Paul Chan is keeping his budget plans close to his chest. In an unusually short blog entry on Sunday, he gave little away other than the colour of the financial blueprint he's set to announce this week, as he continued to manage expectations of any major giveaways. Candice Wong has the details:
HKFA welcomes five-a-side development plan   Listenfacebook
RTHK has learnt that Wednesday’s budget will include a HK$300 million plan to enhance football facilities in Hong Kong including converting some existing pitches to suit the five-a-side game. The Hong Kong Football Association welcomed the news, saying it would help the SAR catch up with the fast-growing format that's become increasingly popular elsewhere in recent years. Candice Wong reports:
Biden ‘unlikely’ to ease up on China trade   Listenfacebook
Both US President Joe Biden and his Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellen, have been keeping up the tough talk on China over the past few days. Biden told the Munich Security Conference that the EU and the US must prepare for long-term strategic competition with China. Yellen said last week that Washington would keep tariffs imposed on Chinese goods by the former Trump administration for now. But she indicated that she's isn't convinced they work, and said they will be thoroughly reviewed. So, do Biden's remarks to the Munich conference indicate that he plans to treat Beijing as a strategic competitor? Mike Weeks asked China specialist, Professor Willy Lam:
China, India pull troops back from disputed border area  Listenfacebook
India says its troops, and Chinese forces, have completed a pull-back from a disputed part of their Himalayan border after months of heightened tensions following a deadly clash last summer. The nuclear-armed neighbours fought a border war in 1962 and have long accused each other of seeking to cross their frontier which has never been properly agreed. Sean Kennedy reports:
IAEA deal with Iran allows more time to bring US back on board  Listenfacebook
The head of the UN nuclear watchdog says Iran has agreed to extend the access of UN inspectors to its nuclear sites for three months. But after a weekend of talks in Tehran, Rafael Grossi of the IAEA said the hastily brokered agreement would give his officials less access and end their right to make snap inspections. This comes as expectations rise that the US may rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, which former President Donald Trump withdrew from three years later. Mike Weeks asked RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, if the extension will allow for negotiations over a recommitment to the deal: