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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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Man dies two days after Sinovac inoculation   Listenfacebook
Health authorities have reported the death of a 63-year-old man two days after he was given the Covid-19 vaccine produced by Sinovac at a government centre in Jordan. He died a day after another elderly man appeared to have an adverse reaction to the jabs. Both cases are under investigation, although officials stress it’s too early to tell whether either are connected to the vaccine. Cecil Wong has the details:
Doctor expects vaccination campaign to be hit by man’s death   Listenfacebook
Many private doctors who have joined the government’s coronavirus vaccination programme say there’s been a good response, and all the jabs they were allocated have been booked. The government has distributed 63,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine to more than 800 private doctors across Hong Kong. Janice Wong asked Dr Daniel Chu how bookings were going at his clinic:
IT minister appeals for patience as BioNTech bookings open  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's IT minister says the government has increased the capacity of its website for vaccination bookings. But Alfred Sit believes people may still have to queue online for some time when they start trying to book the BioNTech jabs. Wendy Wong reports:
Quarantine exemption believed to have helped spread Covid-19  Listenfacebook
Health officials say a man who was exempted from quarantine after arriving in Hong Kong from Shenzhen may have infected a retired academic here. That case was among the 13 new coronavirus infections confirmed on Tuesday, as Richard Pyne reports:
Bail decision expected on 47 pan-democrat defendants   Listenfacebook
A decision may be made on Wednesday on bail for the 47 opposition politicians and activists charged with subversion in connection with last summer's opposition primaries. Prosecutors want them kept behind bars for the next three months as police continue investigations into the alleged plot to use the Legislative Council elections to try to force the Chief Executive out of office. West Kowloon Court adjourned shortly after 10:30pm on Tuesday after two marathon days of hearings. Candice Wong reports:
Lawyer says Benny Tai had no control over Occupy protests  Listenfacebook
Legal scholar Benny Tai looked particularly drained after he was whisked from one court to another to attend two hearings on Tuesday. As well as facing trial over the pan-democrat primaries, he was also one of nine people appealing against their convictions over the Occupy democracy campaign in 2014. The lawyer representing the co-founder of the movement argued that Tai and other campaign leaders played only supporting roles in the protests that lasted for 79 days. Violet Wong reports:
HK12 teen charged with absconding  Listenfacebook
Prosecutors have laid a new charge against a teenager who was brought back to Hong Kong after being intercepted and detained by mainland authorities for months for trying to flee the SAR with 11 other people on a speedboat. Eighteen-year-old Liu Tsz-man now faces an additional count of failing to surrender to custody. Timmy Sung reports:
NPC and CPPCC members ‘don’t represent’ the people  Listenfacebook
A local deputy to the National People’s Congress says Beijing will likely remove district councillors’ power to help choose Hong Kong's chief executive in order to further reduce the political leverage of the pan-democrat camp. Ip Kwok-him said the opposition camp's decisive win in the last district council elections would affect the next small-circle vote for Hong Kong's leader. But political analyst Ma Ngok says if Beijing proceeds with electoral reform along these lines, it will be almost impossible for Hong Kong to hold free and fair elections in future. Priscilla Ng asked him what he thought of a remark by former Legislative Council President Rita Fan that booting district councillors off the Chief Executive Election Committee is fine because they aren't “organs” of political power:
Recycling team proposes HK$1 deposit for plastic bottle   Listenfacebook
Researchers at the University of Hong Kong have put together deposit pricing proposals to encourage recycling of plastic bottles through reverse vending machines. The machines were rolled out in Hong Kong in a trial scheme this year. The research team says pricing the deposit at HK$1 could help recycle more than 50 million bottles a year and would have widespread public support. It was led by Dr Janet Chan, a researcher in ecology and biodiversity. She told Mike Weeks more about the proposals: