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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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Covid adviser hopes BioNTech jabs can resume in a week   Listenfacebook
A government adviser on the pandemic says antibodies generated by coronavirus vaccines should last for more than a year. Professor David Hui also hopes BioNTech inoculations can resume in a week’s time, once an investigation into damaged packaging is completed. This comes as Hong Kong reported its 12th death following vaccination. A 62-year-old man, suffering from high blood pressure and obesity, died three weeks after receiving a Sinovac jab. But for a second day in a row, Sunday saw no new local Covid-19 infections. Violet Wong reports:
Incentives ‘needed’ to boost inoculation rate  Listenfacebook
Professor Paul Yip, from the University of Hong Kong's Department of Social Work and Social Administration, says that a second day of no local infections is very good news as many people in the city hope for a return to normal life. But he said there’s no sign yet of any pick-up in in Hong Kong’s vaccination rate to ensure that happens. He told Mike Weeks that the focus should now be on encouraging more people to get inoculated:
Chief Secretary urges inoculation to boost recovery  Listenfacebook
The Financial Secretary Paul Chan says the global economy should be on the path to recovery this year, as vaccination programmes get underway. And despite BioNTech jabs being suspended here for the time being, officials are still urging people to get inoculated to aid the recovery. Francis Sit reports:
UN negotiates for Xinjiang investigation  Listenfacebook
The United Nations is in negotiations with Beijing for a visit "without restrictions" to Xinjiang to see how the Uighur minority is being treated. This was revealed by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in an interview with the Canadian broadcaster, CBC. China has repeatedly bridled at criticism of its treatment of the Muslim Uighurs in its far west region. Todd Harding reports:
H&M hit by HK protest over Xinjiang cotton   Listenfacebook
A pro-Beijing group staged a protest outside the Tsim Sha Tsui branch of clothing giant, H&M, on Sunday in a growing row over allegations of the use of forced labour in the Xinjiang cotton industry. The Swedish retailer is among several overseas firms, including Nike, that have said they won't use Xinjiang cotton because of the allegations. Frances Sit reports:
Sanctions reflect ‘new tensions’ in Sino-western ties   Listenfacebook
Washington has condemned Beijing's latest tit-for-tat sanctions in the growing dispute over Xinjiang. China rounded on the US, Canada, the EU and Britain after they came together last week to impose sanctions on officials and one entity over the alleged oppression of Uighurs in Xinjiang. Mike Weeks asked RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, what the US had to say about the sanctions:
Manila goes into strict lockdown again   Listenfacebook
The Philippines locked down some 24 million people in and around Manila on Monday due to a sharp rise in coronavirus cases. Movement into and out of the capital area is being limited and night time curfews imposed. This comes just ahead of the normally huge Easter religious festivities in the Philippines and is expected to last until Easter Sunday. RTHK's Manila correspondent, Alan Robles, spoke to Janice Wong about the restrictions:
Pandemic dampens desire for babies   Listenfacebook
A group of sexual health experts has found that some couples in Hong Kong are feeling more intimate and have seen their relationships improve during the pandemic. But in questioning a thousand people aged over 18 last December, the Association of Sexuality Educators, Researchers and Therapists found a general drop in people's sexual activity and intimacy, compared to before the outbreak of Covid-19. Over 40 percent of respondents also had less desire to get pregnant. The group's chairwoman, Dr Anna Ng, told Frances Sit that although the sex life of people under 30 was unaffected or had even improved during the pandemic, it was a different story for those who are married or suffering economic hardship: