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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 Samantha Butler

2022-01-26
Wednesday

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Another day of triple-digit Covid figures  Listenfacebook
A cluster of Covid infections linked to the Omicron-hit Kwai Chung Estate has now jumped to more than 270. Tuesday was also the third straight day the total number of coronavirus cases in the city surpassed 100. Violet Wong reports:
Kwai Chung Estate lockdowns extended  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam is extending a lockdown at another block in Kwai Chung Estate, Ha Kwai House, for five days. Meanwhile, the first block in the estate to endure a five-day lockdown, Yat Kwai House, won't be reopened on Wednesday morning as scheduled. Maggie Ho reports:
Locked down residents fear cross-infection  Listenfacebook
Residents of Ha Kwai House have expressed surprise and dissatisfaction that the government extended the lockdown of their block for five more days. Residents in locked down areas have also been complaining about testing arrangements and hygiene conditions. Wendy Wong reports:
Vertical transmission fears in Tsuen Wan  Listenfacebook
Health authorities have ordered the partial evacuation of residents from a Tsuen Wan block after identifying possible vertical transmission of the Covid virus there. Joanne Wong reports:
Research shows reduced risk from single BioNTech jab  Listenfacebook
Medical experts at the University of Hong Kong say they've found that adolescents who took a second dose of the BioNTech Covid vaccine three weeks after their first jab had seven times the risk of myocarditis-related hospitalisation compared to their first dose. The researchers analysed data from June and found that the government's switch to recommending one dose of BioNTech in September for those aged between 12 and 17 helped reduce the incidents of heart inflammation in the group. But Dr Mike Kwan from the university's Faculty of Medicine told Joanne Wong that this group of adolescents should take their first dose as soon as possible:
Caspar Tsui barred from work until party probe over  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, has revealed that she's ordered her Home Affairs Secretary, Caspar Tsui, not to return to work until a disciplinary investigation is completed into his attendance at a Covid-hit birthday party for a member of the National People's Congress. More than a dozen other officials were also at the party in early January, but Tsui is the only one still off work. Damon Pang reports:
Covid infections reported in Olympic personnel  Listenfacebook
Fifteen Covid-19 infections have been confirmed among Olympic Games-related personnel just ahead of the opening of the Winter Games. Three were among people already in the Olympic bubble. Natalie Ching reports:
Govt studying report into foster home child abuse  Listenfacebook
The Social Welfare Department says it's received a report from the Society for the Protection of Children over alleged child abuse cases at a foster home it runs. Officials have not ruled out taking further action. Violet Wong reports:
Low awareness among parents over blood disease  Listenfacebook
Wednesday is International Kawasaki Disease Awareness Day, and some local medical experts say many people here don't know enough about it. A survey of almost 2,900 parents in November found 80 percent of them weren't familiar with the syndrome, which causes blood vessel inflammation in children. And Dr Ng Yin-ming, a founding member of the Hong Kong Society of Paediatric Cardiology, told Frank Yung that timely treatment was key to curing patients:
BoJo cooperating with police 'partygate' probe  Listenfacebook
Downing Street says the British prime minister, Boris Johnson, is willing to be interviewed by police officers investigating parties that may have breached coronavirus restrictions. The gatherings were held at government buildings including Johnson's residence and office. A spokesman said the prime minister didn't believe he'd broken the law. The head of the Metropolitan Police, Cressida Dick, said she understood there was deep public concern about the matter. But RTHK's UK correspondent Gavin Grey told Samantha Butler that some cynics believed the police investigation could delay the government's own probe into the affair:
Pakistan appoints first female Supreme Court judge  Listenfacebook
Pakistan's first female Supreme Court judge has been sworn-in in the capital, Islamabad. Ayesha Malik now sits on a bench with 16 men in the country's top court. RTHK's South Asia correspondent, Murali Krishnan, told Annemarie Evans that it was a big victory after decades of struggle to get representation for women in Pakistan's male-dominated society: