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

2020-12-03
Thursday

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ICU beds under pressure from 4th wave of coronavirus  Listenfacebook
Health authorities have described the coronavirus situation in Hong Kong as worrying, saying more than half of the beds in public hospital intensive care units are already occupied. A further 103 Covid-19 infections were confirmed on Wednesday, with outbreaks at a LOHAS Park construction site and a care home for the disabled taking a turn for the worse. Timmy Sung reports:
Sanatorium to test kidney ward patients  Listenfacebook
United Christian Hospital says an occupational therapist and two of his patients have come down with Covid-19. An elderly woman who tested positive for the disease on Wednesday is believed to have caught the virus during her recent stay at the Hong Kong Sanatorium, when a patient in the same ward took his mask off to eat a sandwich. That at least is according to infectious disease expert Yuen Kwok-yung. The private hospital in Happy Valley says it has arranged tests for some 50 other patients who had been on the same ward. Jimmy Choi reports:
Free vaccinations to be provided for all of Hong Kong  Listenfacebook
The government says it's planning to provide free coronavirus vaccines for everybody in Hong Kong, starting off with the three million people deemed to be most at risk. Richard Pyne has the details:
Britain to start Covid-19 vaccination next week  Listenfacebook
Britain is to start mass immunisation against Covid-19 next week after becoming the first country to approve the use of the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. The head of the UK's regulator for medicines said people could be confident the vaccine is safe. The UK currently has orders with Pfizer for doses to cover 20 million people in the coming months. It expects the first 800,000 to be available in the next few days. Priority will be given to the elderly, other high-risk people and health professionals. Annemarie Evans asked London correspondent Peter Anderson if that meant those who are innoculated will then be free to resume normal life:
Former Demosisto members jailed over police HQ siege  Listenfacebook
Pro-democracy activists Agnes Chow, Joshua Wong and Ivan Lam have been sentenced to prison terms for their roles in an anti-government protest that saw police officers trapped inside their headquarters in Wan Chai for hours. Wong was given the longest sentence, 13 and a half months, while Chow got ten months and Lam, seven. Jimmy Choi reports:
National security judge to asses Fast Beat case  Listenfacebook
A judge tasked with handling national security cases will open a hearing on Thursday to decide whether to take on the sedition trial of Tam Tak-chi, even though the pro-democracy activist has not been charged under the new legislation. That's after the District Court's top judge decide to pass on making such a ruling. Violet Wong reports:
Jimmy Lai charged with fraud  Listenfacebook
Next Digital founder Jimmy Lai and two of his senior executives will appear in West Kowloon court on Thursday. They were charged with fraud over the use of their company’s building after they reported back to police on Wednesday, following their high-profile arrests this summer. Todd Harding has more:
Sackings ‘a grave’ blow to i-Cable’s reputation  Listenfacebook
A sacked journalist from i-Cable's China news team says that senior managers who were recently parachuted into the station tried to obstruct the coverage of sensitive topics. Wong Lai-ping, a senior editor on the China desk, was among 40 newsroom staff laid off on Tuesday, triggering the resignations of the full China team and two dozen other journalists. Wong told Janice Wong about the interference she believes her team has faced:
Local students don’t see tertiary education as a tool for social mobility   Listenfacebook
A new study has found that local students generally have a lower assessment of the value of tertiary education in Hong Kong, compared to ethnic minority and mainland students. The Chinese University study found that local students tend to think that attending post-secondary programmes won't do much to improve their future standing in society. Researchers interviewed over 5,000 students in the last three years of secondary school. Associate Professor Celeste Yuen led the study. Mike Weeks asked her why local students have this perception:
Ban on local tours prompts calls for more help  Listenfacebook
The tourism industry is calling for additional financial support after local tours were effectively banned under the latest coronavirus restrictions. The worsening Covid-19 outbreak prompted authorities to remove exemptions for tour groups and religious activities from social-distancing restrictions. Local tour groups have grown in popularity as it’s become next to impossible to go on holiday outside Hong Kong. The chairman of the Travel Agent Owners Association, Freddy Yip, told Frances Sit that the trade needs more than the HK$600 million pledged by the Chief Executive in her Policy Address last week: