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


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Quarantine for arrivals slashed to 14 days  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam has announced that the government will cut the quarantine period for people arriving from overseas from 21 days to 14. But she said this wasn't in reaction to concerns from business groups. She also announced that school closures and other social distancing measures would be extended. Jimmy Choi reports:
Quarantine reduction welcomed, but not enough  Listenfacebook
A representative of local businesses has welcomed the reduction in quarantine for overseas arrivals from 21 to 14 days. It takes effect from Saturday next week. But George Cautherley, who's the vice chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce, says 14 days is still too long to encourage business travellers to visit. He told Janice Wong that the government needed to come up with a roadmap to quarantine-free inbound travel:
139 new cases found in Kwai Chung lockdown  Listenfacebook
Health officials say the risk of people catching Covid-19 is "extremely high", with hidden transmission chains now rife in the community. The warning came as Hong Kong reported 164 new infections on Thursday, the largest single-day total since the pandemic began. Meanwhile, a one-week lockdown at Yat Kwai House in Kwai Chung Estate finally ended on Friday morning, with a total of 139 confirmed cases found. Natale Ching reports:
Wong Tai Sin block evacuated  Listenfacebook
The government has evacuated some residents from a Choi Hung public housing block and extended its lockdown after more than 20 Covid cases were confirmed there. Officials suspect the source of the outbreak at Cheung Bor House in Choi Wan Estate was a security guard who tested positive for the virus on Monday. Wendy Wong reports:
Unvaccinated elderly to be barred from care homes  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, has announced that people who haven't been vaccinated won't be able to take up places in care homes for the elderly or disabled. Lam didn't say when the rule would take effect. It comes after the government was urged to ban unvaccinated residents of elderly homes from receiving visitors or taking part in group activities. Lam said the government would amend laws so more indoor premises would be covered by the Covid vaccine pass plan. Mike Weeks reports:
Govt urged to look at reasons behind low elderly jab rate  Listenfacebook
A geriatrician says people shouldn't 'obsess' about raising the jab rate in elderly care homes and the government should investigate why it's so low. Professor Jean Woo from the Faculty of Medicine at the Chinese University also told Samantha Butler that there wasn't enough scientific evidence to show the Covid vaccine produced a sufficient immune response in elderly, frail people:
Jab status more clear on LeaveHomeSafe app  Listenfacebook
The government says a new updated version of its LeaveHomeSafe app will make it easier for people to prove their Covid inoculation status in order to be allowed to enter premises covered by the "vaccine pass" arrangement. Natale Ching reports:
CE election details announced  Listenfacebook
Chief executive hopefuls can officially submit their bids from February 20, five days later than originally planned. The nomination period of the CE election will run for two weeks, until March 5. Damon Pang reports:
Analyst sees HSI falling in coming weeks  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong shares suffered more painful losses on Thursday as global markets were sent tumbling after US Federal Reserve chief Jerome Powell's raised expectations that it will begin raising US interest rates as soon as March, to battle inflation. The Hang Seng Index dropped 482 points, or two percent, to 23,807. Tech chips were the hardest hit. A director of asset management at Ample Capital, Alex Wong, says Hong Kong's benchmark index is likely to fall further in the coming weeks. He told Violet Wong the Fed's announcement caught many investors off-guard: