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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Ben Tse and Samantha Butler


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Fears of outbreak at Kwai Chung public housing block  Listenfacebook
Residents of a public housing block in Kwai Chung have been ordered to take Covid tests every night for the next three days, if they want to leave the building the following morning. The decision follows an outbreak there, involving at least 16 people, and connected to a previous case from the Silka Seaview quarantine hotel in Yau Ma Tei. Priscilla Ng reports:
Expert says priority is elderly vaccination  Listenfacebook
A prominent medical expert is urging the elderly to get vaccinated against Covid-19 as soon as possible, saying there appears to be a number of undetected infections across Hong Kong. Professor Benjamin Cowling from the University of Hong Kong's School of Public Health says measures used in the previous waves of infections - such as working-from-home and school closures - may not be enough now, as the Omicron variant is much more transmissable. He also told Samantha Butler an order the cull hamsters and small animals that arrived in the SAR in late December came too late, as any transmission from animals-to-humans would have already occurred:
More evidence of animal-to-human transmission  Listenfacebook
Health authorities say they're becoming more certain that Covid-19 is passing from animals to humans, after another two people who visited pet shops tested preliminary positive. Officials also say there appears to be a different transmission chain involving the Delta variant after tests showed a 17-year-old student had a different genetic sequence to a salesperson at the Little Boss pet shop. Meanwhile, over 3,000 people were tested during three overnight lockdowns in Tin Shui Wai, Tsuen Wan, and Cheung Sha Wan. No new cases were found. Priscilla Ng reports:
Govt hits out at those preventing hamster surrender  Listenfacebook
The government says police may be called in, if people are stopped from handing in their hamsters to be culled. The cull order was issued on Tuesday after hamsters were suspected to have infected a Causeway Bay pet shop worker with the Delta Covid variant. Robert Kemp reports:
Sinovac jabs for children start from Friday  Listenfacebook
Children aged five to 11 can start taking the Sinovac jab from Friday. The government also announced that the BioNTech vaccine would be made available for them from February 16. Natale Ching reports:
In-person secondary classes suspended  Listenfacebook
The Education Bureau has ordered secondary schools to suspend face-to-face classes by Monday, after a number of students were infected with Covid-19. While some students said the measure was reasonable, others called it "unfair". Wendy Wong reports:
Class suspensions 'sensible'  Listenfacebook
The chairman of the Direct Subsidy Scheme Schools Council welcomed the decision to suspend in-person classes for secondary schools. Dion Chen said it was a "sensible" decision because of an outbreak of cases among secondary school students. He told Ben Tse that it wasn't likely to disrupt classes too much:
Meals and electricity prices boost inflation  Listenfacebook
Inflation has risen to a five-month high - thanks to pricier meals and electricity charges. In December, consumer prices rose 2.4 percent when compared to a year earlier - up from 1.8 percent the month before. Violet Wong reports:
Bar Association elects new chair  Listenfacebook
The new Bar Association chairman, senior counsel Victor Dawes, says his association will continue to speak out for the city’s rule of law. But as Jimmy Choi reports, he stressed that his group wasn't a political organisation and wouldn't deal with political issues:
Education University stops recognising student union  Listenfacebook
The Education University has announced it will no longer recognise its students' union, alleging it has problems with its management and is not representative. It says membership has fallen dramatically since the union changed its governing principles, as Frances Sit reports:
Fleet Arcade shuts down  Listenfacebook
This weekend, the final businesses will be moving out of Fleet Arcade on Fenwick Pier in Wan Chai before the site is redeveloped. Since 1954, Fenwick Pier had served tens of thousands of naval personnel each year and has been at its current site since 1970. Annemarie Evans reports on this disappearing piece of the city's history:
Beijing steps up Covid measures  Listenfacebook
Beijing has ramped up efforts to curb Covid-19 infections. Checks have been ordered among cold storage firms, and residents have been urged to cut unnecessary gatherings, as the capital recorded an uptick in local infections just over two weeks before the start of the Winter Olympics. Mike Weeks reports:
Philippines combating Delta and Omicron surge  Listenfacebook
The Philippines is grappling with a Covid-19 surge of both the Omicron and Delta variants. Fewer people are severely ill than in previous waves. But RTHK's Manila correspondent, Alan Robles, told Annemarive Evans that the government's recent measures to combat the outbreak were tough and inconsistent: