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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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More Mid-Levels blocks locked down over gym outbreak  Listenfacebook
Seven more buildings were locked down in Central and Western on Sunday night as authorities battle to halt the coronavirus outbreak that started at the Ursus Fitness Centre in Sai Ying Pun. Compulsory testing of 680 residents of Kingsfield Tower, Fung Lam and Lee Wai buildings, Tung Ming Court, Emerald House and Amber House on Pok Fu Lam Road, and Dynasty Court on Old Peak Road was carried out ahead of the lifting of the quarantine measures. Results from one sample were still being verified on Monday morning. Nearly 110 Covid-19 infections have now been linked to the gym, including a mini-outbreak at a school in Ap Lei Chau. The number of confirmed cases dropped to 24 on Sunday from the day before, but health authorities expect more to emerge from the gym cluster, as Richard Pyne reports:
Vaccine campaign set for expansion   Listenfacebook
The government is looking at expanding the list of people who have priority for a coronavirus vaccine. The take-up rate has been dented by six deaths and other serious illnesses following inoculations against the disease. The government has ruled that the first two deaths were from natural causes, but it's still investigating the others. All of those who died received the Sinovac jab. Here's Joanne Wong:
Government urged to quickly step up inoculation campaign   Listenfacebook
Dr David Lam, the chairman of the concern group, Medical Conscience, says Hong Kong is moving way too slowly with its vaccination programme. He said there’s plenty of room to expand the scope of the programme and urged people to get vaccinated to stave off a possible fifth wave of infections. Lam, who is in charge of a vaccination centre that will open soon, told Janice Wong the government should work quickly to broaden the list of those eligible for Covid-19 jabs:
Tam Yiu-chung says tight schedule to implement electoral changes   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's sole delegate to China's top legislative body says he expects detailed legislation to implement Beijing's electoral changes here will be prepared by May. Tam Yiu-chung told a radio programme that the SAR must change the law, conduct voter registration, and form a new election committee before next year's chief executive election. The National People's Congress Standing Committee has yet to give specifics on how it will go about adding another 300 members to the Chief Executive Election Committee as part of its goal of having "patriots" run the SAR. But Tam told Joanne Wong Hong Kong is on a tight schedule to make the necessary changes to the law:
Hong Kong high on the agenda for Alaska talks   Listenfacebook
The Chinese Embassy in London has hit out at what it called "groundless slanders" from western powers amid a growing chorus of criticism of Beijing's electoral changes for Hong Kong. Last week the US State Department condemned the moves, calling them a continuing assault on democracy in the territory. It also forecast "difficult" talks with China's top diplomats this week. It said Secretary of State Antony Blinken would be frank in telling his Chinese counterparts how Beijing's actions challenge US values when he meets them on Thursday in Alaska. This week's meeting comes hard on the heels of joint talks on Friday between US President Joe Biden and the leaders of India, Japan and Australia - the so-called 'Quad' alliance that's often cast as a bulwark against China. Mike Weeks asked RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, what came out of those talks:
Electoral changes ‘could’ be challenged on human rights grounds   Listenfacebook
University of Hong Kong constitutional law expert, professor Simon Young, says the dispute between London and Beijing over whether their Joint Declaration on Hong Kong is still relevant is going to be difficult to resolve. But he told Mike Weeks that the electoral changes Beijing is implementing in the SAR could be in breach of key provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights that are enshrined in Hong Kong’s bill of rights:
Investigation ordered into UK policing of vigil for murdered woman  Listenfacebook
The British home secretary, Priti Patel, has ordered an independent investigation into the policing of a vigil for Sarah Everard, a woman allegedly murdered by a policeman. Pressure has been mounting on London’s police chief, Cressida Dick, after her officers forcibly removed and arrested women at Saturday’s vigil. More people came out both in London and elsewhere in the UK on Sunday to express their feelings. London-based correspondent, Peter Anderson, spoke to Janice Wong about the policing of Everard’s vigil: