Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Presenter:Samantha Butler and Janice Wong
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Fears of post-holiday rebound in Covid-19 Listen
An expert has warned that the number of coronavirus cases could easily rebound after the five-day Easter and Ching Ming break. It comes as new daily infections swung back into the single digits, with authorities confirming seven new cases on Tuesday, comprising three local and four imported ones. Violet Wong reports:
HK vaccination rate too low 'to make a difference' Listen
An epidemiologist says the uptake in coronavirus inoculation in the SAR is still too low to make a difference to the overall situation. Professor Benjamin Cowling, the co-director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control at the University of Hong Kong, expressed concern about progress towards herd immunity against Covid-19 here. He told Janice Wong that he was worried about another so-called superspreader event following the long weekend.
Beachside businesses have a bumper weekend Listen
Large crowds have swarmed to local beaches to spend the final day of the long weekend in the sun, bringing much-needed business to restaurants and shops that have been struggling to survive amid extended closures due to Covid-19. Hong Kong's gazetted beaches were closed for much of last year as the government sought to limit the spread of the coronavirus, but 15 of them were allowed to re-open on Friday. Reporter Joanne Wong joined the crowds at Repulse Bay beach:
Government urged to keep watch on arrival of Covid variants Listen
Infectious disease expert Joseph Tsang has cautioned the government on relaxing quarantine requirements for incoming travelers, even those from countries considered to be ‘low risk’. The authorities have said the 21-day quarantine period for arrivals from places such as Australia and Singapore could soon be cut to 14 days. But Doctor Tsang said as mutated variants of the virus could now be found all over the world, there was no longer much distinction between high-risk and low-risk places. He spoke to Violet Wong.
Shoppers have 'no choice' but to visit Covid-hit market Listen
People have continued to shop at a Covid-hit wet market in Yau Tong, with some saying they don’t have much choice despite the risk of infection. Health authorities issued a mandatory testing order for anyone who had been to the ground floor of Lei Yue Mun Market for more than two hours from March 24th, after confirming that three Covid-19 patients had recently been there. Joanne Wong reports:
Burglar arrested over sexual assault on girl Listen
Police say they arrested a man accused of molesting a 12-year-old girl left home alone while a partner allegedly burgled her public housing flat last Thursday. Timmy Sung reports:
EDB says ultra-nationalism claims groundless Listen
Education officials say a self-evaluation kit that asks primary school students whether a citizen should be willing to sacrifice his or her life for the country has nothing to do with the national security law. Robert Kemp reports.