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


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Experts approve Sinovac use in Hong Kong   Listenfacebook
Experts advising the government on its Covid-19 vaccination programme have recommended the emergency use of the Sinovac vaccine in Hong Kong, after receiving data from the mainland drug maker suggesting that the efficacy rate of the jabs exceeds 60 percent. Wendy Wong reports:
Hotel workers want vaccine priority  Listenfacebook
Hotel workers have urged the government to give them priority for vaccines, saying many staff have a high risk of exposure to the coronavirus. Timmy Sung reports:
Infections set to rise ahead of social distancing easing   Listenfacebook
New Covid-19 infections remained in single digits on Tuesday, but are expected to more than double to around 20 on Wednesday, ahead of the government's relaxation of some anti-pandemic measures. The Health Secretary Sophia Chan confirmed Thursday's easing though she said it's unlikely the rules will be loosened further anytime soon. Cecil Wong has the details:
Bar industry calls for fair treatment  Listenfacebook
Representatives from the bar industry have questioned why they have to remain closed while restaurants can extend their opening hours from Thursday. The chairperson of the Bartenders and Mixologists Union, Cat Hou, told Janice Wong it’s unfair to keep bars closed:
Flexibility urged over testing of restaurant workers  Listenfacebook
The government has been urged to set up mobile testing centres near various workplaces, as restaurants gear up for longer working hours and other businesses prepare to reopen. The president of the Federation of Restaurants and Related Trades, Simon Wong, says there are around a quarter of a million workers in the catering industry, and more than 20,000 of them are seeking tests each day. He said mobile testing centres should be set up in areas where there are a lot of restaurants. Wong also told Frances Sit that many frontline workers may be rushing to get tested, because they are not aware that they have until Thursday next week to do so, rather than this Thursday when operating restrictions ease:
Overloaded testing ‘could see’ cases missed   Listenfacebook
An infectious disease expert has raised concerns about Hong Kong's testing capacity as workers rush to get coronavirus tests ahead of the relaxation of social distancing measures. Dr Leung Chi-chiu warned that those who really need to get tested may not be able to do so. He told Frances Sits this is worrying, given the potential for a new spike in cases following Chinese New Year:
Appeal for tax breaks to help the middle class  Listenfacebook
The financial secretary Paul Chan has been urged to give taxpayers up to HK$10,000 in tax breaks in his budget next week, while continuing to support businesses badly hit by the pandemic. The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants says the government shouldn't be shy about spending even though it's predicting a HK$288 billion deficit for the financial year, similar to the government's prediction of a HK$300 billion shortfall. Mike Weeks asked a member of the association’s tax sub-committee, Wilson Cheng, why it’s suggesting tax breaks rather than help for the growing ranks of unemployed:
Former lawmakers plead guilty to illegal assembly charges   Listenfacebook
Two former lawmakers, Au Nok-hin and Leung Yiu-chung, have pleaded guilty to charges over a massive unauthorised anti-government demonstration in August 2019. The two are among nine pro-democracy leaders facing charges over the rally. Jimmy Choi reports:
Driver gets 10 months for killing man after crashing through barrier   Listenfacebook
A 48-year-old woman has been jailed for 10 months over a fatal traffic accident last year. As Jimmy Choi reports, the driver hit a pedestrian after crashing through a car park barrier: