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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

2020-12-17
Thursday

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Sinovac shots could be given in HK as soon as January  Listenfacebook
A government adviser on Covid-19 says if the Sinovac vaccine passes its Phase 3 clinical trials, it could be introduced in Hong Kong next month. Respiratory medicine expert David Hui says he expects the trial results to be out next Wednesday. The government announced last week that it's secured 7.5 million doses from the mainland firm as part of its vaccine procurement programme. Hui spoke to RTHK's Wong Yin-ting:
DAB lawmaker calls for cash to be used as vaccine incentive   Listenfacebook
Some lawmakers are urging the government to give people cash incentives to get vaccinated against Covid-19, The call came after some people raised questions about the safety of the jabs. Candice Wong reports:
Employers welcome free testing for helpers  Listenfacebook
The government is offering free coronavirus testing for all foreign domestic workers starting on Friday in an attempt to prevent the spread of the disease. This follows an outbreak at a dormitory for helpers in Tai Po this week. So is this going to be effective in preventing outbreaks like this, which also cropped up earlier this year? Janice Wong asked the chairwoman of the Hong Kong Employers of Overseas Domestic Helpers Association, Betty Yung:
Choi Wan Estate building latest to be partially evacuated  Listenfacebook
Another Covid-hit public housing block has been partially evacuated as health authorities and experts investigate if the virus is spreading through pipes in Ming Lai House, in Choi Wan Estate. People living in flats numbered 33 and 34 in the Ngau Chi Wan building have been sent to quarantine camps. Maggie Ho has that story:
Ten of the Hong Kong 12 charged by Shenzhen prosecutors  Listenfacebook
Shenzhen authorities have charged 10 of the 12 Hong Kong activists held there since they were caught allegedly trying to flee to Taiwan by boat four months ago. Carolyn Wright has the details:
Teresa Cheng’s word on legal principles the ‘perpetual truth’  Listenfacebook
Justice Secretary Teresa Cheng says the views expressed by her and officials working under her are the final word on issues of general legal principle. She called them "perpetual truths" that can help safeguard the rule of law, Cheng made the statement in defending the increasingly outspoken approach of the Department of Justice to addressing what it considers erroneous reports and comments. Vicky Wong reports:
Lam’s administration sets the stage for civil service oath-taking   Listenfacebook
All 12 undersecretaries and 14 political assistants in Carrie Lam's administration have sworn allegiance to the SAR and the Basic Law, setting the stage for Hong Kong's 180,000 civil servants to follow suit. The oath-taking ceremony was held at the Central Government Offices and was witnessed by the Chief Executive, as Damon Pang reports
Asylum seeker claims mistreatment in challenging detention  Listenfacebook
An asylum seeker has told the High Court that immigration staff mistreated him, as he launched a legal bid to be released from their custody. Ahmed Sani Salman filed a writ of habeus corpus, challenging the legality of his detention by the Immigration Department for more than eight months. Cecil Wong has the details:
Alarm raised over hostility levels in immigration detention centre  Listenfacebook
The government is proposing to sharply increase the maximum prison term for employing illegal migrants from three years to ten after what it says is an upsurge in illegal immigration from outside China. It also wants to change the law to allow it to make preparations to expel asylum seekers appealing against the rejection of non-refoulement claims. The proposals were included in an immigration amendment bill submitted to the Legislative Council on Wednesday. The Secretary for Security, John Lee, said the changes are needed to plug what he described as "loopholes" in the system. But Human rights lawyer Patricia Ho disputes that and the claim that there’s been an upsurge in illegal immigration to Hong Kong. She spoke to Mike Weeks: