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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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Coronavirus cases return to double digits  Listenfacebook
Almost 50 members of the same family have been quarantined after a Lunar New Year gathering with a relative, who was confirmed to have Covid-19 on Wednesday. As Wendy Wong reports, new infections also climbed back into double digits for the first time in three days:
Track and trace made mandatory as venues reopen  Listenfacebook
Confirmed coronavirus infections doubled to 16 on Wednesday, just ahead of the relaxation of some anti-pandemic measures. But these come with new rules to track and trace everyone using restaurants and the entertainment venues that reopened on Thursday, as Robert Kemp reports:
Vaccination programme may start next week  Listenfacebook
The government will seek HK$1 billion in funding from the Legislative Council next Friday for an indemnity fund to provide financial support for those who experience serious complications from coronavirus inoculations. That's all part of preparations for the launch of the government's vaccination programme. RTHK has learnt that people who aren't in the priority group for Covid-19 jabs may be able to get one early if they're taking an elderly person to get inoculated. More than 20 centres are to be set up across the city and will open in phases, probably from next week. Dr David Lam is from Medical Conscience, a group that will help run a vaccination centre in Wan Chai. He told Janice Wong how they will work:
80 percent inoculation ‘required’ for herd immunity using Sinovac   Listenfacebook
Vaccine supplier Sinovac says its first million doses will arrive in Hong Kong on Friday. The government has yet to approve its use here, although advisors have recommended they do so. But as Priscilla Ng reports, some are concerned that the relatively low efficacy of the mainland vaccine could make it difficult to achieve herd immunity in the SAR:
Jimmy Lai arrested over HK 12 escape  Listenfacebook
Apple daily founder Jimmy Lai is reported to have been arrested again, this time on suspicion of assisting one of the 12 young Hong Kong activists captured in mainland waters last year. Lai’s arrest in Stanley Prison was revealed as an alleged co-conspirator, a legal assistant, appeared in West Kowloon Court on Wednesday. Jimmy Choi reports:
Judge rejects expert report on protest policing  Listenfacebook
A District Court judge has rejected an expert report on policing submitted by the defence on the first day of the trial of seven prominent pro-democracy figures on charges over a massive demonstration 18 months ago. Richard Pyne has the details:
Stricter controls proposed on gun components  Listenfacebook
The government has launched a consultation on proposals to close what it says is a loophole in the firearms law that allows criminals to import gun parts into Hong Kong. It wants to more clearly define components, such as barrels, chambers, cylinders and frames, under the Firearms and Ammunition Ordinance to make prosecutions for their possession easier. Steve Vickers is the chief executive of Steve Vickers and Associates, a specialist political and corporate risk consultancy. Jim Gould asked him what he thought about the proposed legal changes:
Alcohol and bleach better than UV: Consumer Council   Listenfacebook
The coronavirus pandemic has seen people become much more vigilant about their personal hygiene and ensuring work surfaces are disinfected. But the Consumer Council says the performance of some devices that use UV light to sanitise surfaces is disappointing. It says using alcohol and bleach is much cheaper and more effective, as Wong Yin-ting reports:
Benefits of air frying questioned  Listenfacebook
Air frying has been marketed as a healthier method of cooking, prompting many people to make the shift from deep-fat fryers to cook French fries and fried chicken. But the Consumer Council warns that the high-temperatures involved in the cooking process can produce potentially cancer-causing substances. Wendy Wong reports:
Authorities urged to do more to preserve HK’s history   Listenfacebook
The government's performance in heritage conservation has been a hot topic since the century-old Bishop Hill underground reservoir in Sham Shui Po was narrowly saved from demolition by a public outcry. But other historic structures have been torn down rather unceremoniously. For example it was revealed recently that parts of the Jubilee Battery at the former Victoria Road Detention Centre, on Mount Davis, was accidentally demolished several years ago when the site was converted into a campus for the University of Chicago. It had been classified as a Grade III historic building. Mike Weeks asked Peter Li from the Conservancy Association what protection such grading offers: