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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Janice Wong and Vicky Wong


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Advisors call for Covid jabs for children as young as six months old  Listenfacebook
Government advisors have recommended lowering the minimum age for Covid vaccination to six months. But that comes too late for a 22-month-old girl infected with the virus who died on Monday afternoon. And as Joanne Wong reports, another young child is also battling with the coronavirus in hospital:
'Vaccination key to protect young children as serious cases rise'  Listenfacebook
The president of the Hong Kong Paediatric Society has urged parents to get their young children vaccinated against Covid as soon as possible, as there has been a rise in serious cases among young patients. Dr Patrick Ip said the emergence of new Omicron variants has resulted in more serious neurological symptoms and airway blockages in children, and backed the advisors' recommendation to lower the minimum vaccination age to six months. He spoke to Vicky Wong:
Sourcing paracetomol from mainland key to ensuring stable supply: HA  Listenfacebook
The Hospital Authority has rejected safety concerns about paracetamol it procured from the mainland when the fifth wave of Covid peaked earlier this year. Officials also said the one-off supply will run out soon and they will switch back to locally manufactured options. Violet Wong has details:
'HK can still reach GDP target despite second-quarter contraction'  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's economy has shrunk year-on-year for the second quarter in a row. The city's GDP was down 1.4 percent in the three months to June - below expectations - following a 3.9 percent contraction in the first quarter. But on a quarter-to-quarter comparison, the local economy grew 0.9 percent. Authorities say a recent increase in Covid cases and tightened financial conditions limited the momentum of recovery, adding that weakened global demand and continued disruptions to cargo flow between the mainland and the SAR had weighed on the economy. But an associate professor of economics at the Chinese University, Terence Chong, says it's still possible for Hong Kong's economy to meet the government's annual growth forecast of one to two percent. He told Joanne Wong that it will be an uphill battle, while highlighting that the second quarter did show an improvement:
New rules introduced in wake of MIRROR accident  Listenfacebook
Officials have issued a series of short-term regulations for anyone planning to stage performances at government venues as an investigation into an accident at last week's MIRROR concert continues. It follows a visit to the Hong Kong Coliseum on Monday by a government task force and police officers collecting evidence. Mike Weeks has the details:
Consultation launched on more flexibility for car warranties  Listenfacebook
The Competition Commission has launched a consultation on undertakings by seven car distributors’ to change their warranty policies in order to give vehicle owners more freedom in choosing repair and maintenance services. The proposed changes follow an investigation of the distributors over restrictive practices in their warranties. Joanne Wong reports:
HSBC to restore dividend payments as higher-than-expected 1H profit  Listenfacebook
HSBC says it's aiming to restore dividend payment to pre-Covid levels as soon as possible, with a plan to revert to quarterly dividends from 2023. It has also announced that it would pay an interim dividend of nine US cents per share - up almost 29 percent over last year and higher than market expectations. This came as the bank posted an almost 14-percent rise in first-half profit attributable to shareholders to US$8.29 billion. HSBC Group Chief Executive Noel Quinn says the bank's restructuring efforts have started to show results: