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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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Positive Covid test blamed on Sinovac exposure   Listenfacebook
Health officials say a nurse at a vaccination centre in Jordan, who tested positive for coronavirus, was probably not infected with Covid-19. They believe traces of the virus in her upper respiratory tract could have come from the Sinovac jab she was administering. This came as they confirmed that a domestic worker, who lives in Island Harbourview in Tai Kok Tsui, has come down with a more-infectious strain of the disease. Wendy Wong reports:
Vaccination centre orders staff to get jabs  Listenfacebook
The head of the community vaccination centre in Jordan, where a nurse tested positive, has ordered his staff to get inoculated against Covid-19. Violet Wong has more on that:
Better use of mainland Covid tracking information urged   Listenfacebook
The government's being urged to make better use of information from the mainland's people-tracking systems so it can pinpoint exactly where any Covid patients arriving from across the border have been. Maggie Ho reports:
Pandemic class suspensions cause ‘irreversible harm’  Listenfacebook
University of Hong Kong researchers say schools should stay open as much as possible because they're not a high risk for Covid transmission. They said class suspensions in the past year have caused "mental deterioration" in some students. They are therefore calling for a policy rethink, to keep school closures to a minimum in future. Dr Patrick Ip, who specialises in paediatric and adolescent medicine, says more targetted policies would help. He spoke to RTHK's Natale Ching:
‘Window closing’ for BioNTech shots   Listenfacebook
It’s now been almost three months since Hong Kong launched its Covid-19 vaccination programme but less than 20 percent of the population has taken at least one dose of a vaccine. Dr Thomas Tsang, the former controller of the Centre for Health Protection and a member of the government's vaccination task force, warns there’s now only around a three-month window left to get the BioNTech jab. He told Mike Weeks that people need to take advantage of the government’s inoculation scheme:
Vaccine check-ups reveal chronic diseases  Listenfacebook
A cardiologist in private practice says the coronavirus vaccination programme has made Hong Kong people more conscious of their health, with some shocked to learn that they have heart problems they didn’t know about. Dr Godwin Leung says there’s been an increase in the number of people booking health checks before they take a Covid jab. He told Wendy Wong that people with medical problems that are mild and under control should not be worried about getting vaccinated:
Big demand expected for ‘cruises to nowhere’   Listenfacebook
The head of the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal operator says he expects an enthusiastic response to a proposal to re-launch so-called cruises to nowhere, possibly this summer. The government says it's still working out details but stringent testing and vaccination requirements would be imposed on those who don't mind shelling out thousands of dollars to sail around in international waters for a couple of days before returning to Hong Kong. Jeff Bent, the managing director of Worldwide Cruise Terminals, spoke to Jim Gould:
Post-pandemic spending tipped to remain slow  Listenfacebook
A survey shows many Hong Kong people will remain cautious about spending when the pandemic ends. Citibank recently interviewed 1,200 people and found that while young adults plan to spend more when Covid is no longer a threat, shop sales overall are not expected to return to pre-pandemic levels. Lawrence Li, the bank's head of cards in Hong Kong, spoke to RTHK's Joanne Wong:
Disabled protester jailed for rioting  Listenfacebook
A young man suffering from Asperger's and hyperactivity disorders has been jailed for two years and 10 months after pleading guilty to rioting during a protest in February last year. Damon Pang has the details:
Legco Review taken out of RTHK hands  Listenfacebook
RTHK says producers of its TV programme, Legco Review, added footage to its latest episode without permission that was connected to the annual candlelight vigil to remember those who died in the military crackdown on the Tiananmen Square democracy movement in 1989. An outside team has now taken over production of the show, as Timmy Sung reports:
Answers demanded over ultramarathon disaster   Listenfacebook
A woman is demanding to know why organisers of an ill-fated ultramarathon in northwest Gansu took so long to tell her what had happened to her father – one of the 21 competitors who died after extremely cold weather hit the race at the weekend. Timmy Sung reports: