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


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Government to review tightened Covid measures   Listenfacebook
The government is due to review on Friday the tightened Covid measures it introduced last week that saw the closure of bars and many entertainment venues. It's also expected to announce details of a new HK$4 billion epidemic relief package for businesses. Key figures from the arts, culture and sport sectors are urging the authorities to partially re-open premises, to give a lifeline to workers who have had no income since the closure last week. Damon Pang with that story:
Transit passenger ban coming into force on Sunday  Listenfacebook
More restrictions are coming into force on Sunday -- when Hong Kong will ban the transit of flight passengers from more than 100 countries and territories, as part of efforts to prevent the spread of the Omicron variant. Damon Pang reports:
Outbreak could be over by CNY: Yuen Kwok-yung   Listenfacebook
Health authorities warn that it's too early to say whether Hong Kong has brought its latest Covid-19 outbreak under control, despite a gradual decline in the number of cases. On Thursday, authorities confirmed 14 new cases including five local ones, along with nine preliminary positives. Officials have also managed to find epidemiological links for all the cases except one. This prompted prominent microbiologist Yuen Kwok-yung to express hope that if that case is also traced, and no more unlinked cases emerge, the current outbreak could be over by Chinese New year. Natale Ching reports:
Queue up for Covid tests shrink in Tuen Mun  Listenfacebook
There were still long lines of people queuing up for Covid tests in Tuen Mun on Thursday -- where authorities have warned of possible 'silent transmissions' of Covid. But after authorities added another testing facility Siu Lun Sports Ground, the lines were shorter than before. There are now 11 testing stations in the area. People told RTHK they have mixed feelings about the arrangements:
Four doctors quarantined after contact with Covid patient   Listenfacebook
Four doctors who treated a man who tested preliminary positive for Covid after being involved in a traffic accident were sent to quarantine yesterday. Three patients who were in the same cubicle at an intensive care unit have been moved to isolation wards. Steve Dunthorne has details:
Increase in children with eczema, nose allergies  Listenfacebook
A study co-conducted by University of Hong Kong has found a ten percent increase in the prevalence of eczema and nose allergies among schoolchildren in Hong Kong. Researchers from Hong Kong University and the United Christian Hospital surveyed over 2,000 primary and secondary schoolchildren and 1,800 parents, and say they're alarmed by the results. Lead researcher Dr Celia Chan told Vicky Wong that the increase is down to environmental factors, diet, and the lack of outdoor physical activity, and that some of this can be attributed to the pandemic with more children staying indoors:
Man jailed 12 years for pouring acid on a neighbour   Listenfacebook
A 58-year-old man has been sentenced to just over 12 years in prison for pouring acid on a neighbour he had a long-running dispute with. Timmy Sung reports:
Labour unions call for unemployment assistance   Listenfacebook
Eight labour unions have renewed their calls for an unemployment assistance scheme. Rather than one-off subsidies, they want Hong Kong's next government to launch a long-term assistance scheme. The Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong and Kowloon Labour Unions, Lam Chun-sing, says the SAR's economy is dominated by service industry jobs, many of which are poorly protected and badly paid. But he's hopeful the innovation, technology and industrial bureau being created under the latest government restructuring might help. Lam spoke to Vanessa Cheng:
Pharmacists appeal for funds for medicine delivery service   Listenfacebook
A pharmacists' group is calling on the government to allocate money under the anti-epidemic fund to help pay for the delivery of medicine to people in need. The Practising Pharmacists Association says it's been providing medicine courier services for a year now, so that vulnerable people don't have to go to high-risk places for Covid, like hospitals and clinics. Jimmy Choi reports:
Public housing museum undergoing facelift  Listenfacebook
The museum that tells the history of Hong Kong's public housing development is revamping its exhibition. The Heritage of Mei Ho House is set to reopen in April with a more interactive display. Stories from the city’s earliest public housing residents following the 1953 Shek Kip Mei Fire have brought many visitors to the museum since it first opened in 2013. RTHK's Atom Cheung was at the museum just before its closure for renovation. He spoke with Anthony Chan, chairman of the Museum Working Group, and Terence Lee, chief executive of the Youth Hostel Association: