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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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Vaccination booking to open on Tuesday   Listenfacebook
The people of Hong Kong will start getting their Covid-19 jabs next Friday. The government said 2.4 million people would get priority as it announced details of its vaccination programme. Violet Wong reports:
Ease of storage makes Sinovac ‘ideal’ for old age homes  Listenfacebook
A million doses of the Sinovac vaccine will arrive in Hong Kong on Friday. Wendy Wong asked respiratory medicine specialist Dr Leung Chi-chiu if these jabs should be administered to Hong Kong’s most vulnerable, particularly the elderly, first:
Cash incentives ‘send a negative signal’ on vaccination  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam and other senior officials have been urging people to get vaccinated when the inoculation programme starts next week. Studies indicate just over a third of Hong Kong people may be willing to take coronavirus jabs. Some members of the Legislative Council have urged the authorities to encourage the public to come forward by offering them up to HK$5,000. But a survey of people's attitude towards vaccinations indicates that could have the opposite effect. Dr Samson Yuen, from the Baptist University's Department of Government and International Studies, told Janice Wong that medical insurance would work better as an incentive:
NPC and CPPCC members get second coronavirus shots  Listenfacebook
A number of Hong Kong delegates to China's top advisory body and its parliament have already received their second coronavirus jabs. They travelled across the border on Thursday for the shots developed by state-owned Sinopharm. Priscilla Ng reports:
Easing welcomed, but concerns remain over LeaveHomeSafe app  Listenfacebook
Many people were excited about the lifting of some anti-pandemic measures on Thursday, particularly over restaurants being allowed to serve them food at tables until 10pm. But there was a mixed reaction to use of the government's contact-tracing app, as Violet Wong reports:
Restaurants hope to see further easing   Listenfacebook
The struggling catering industry got a much-needed boost on Thursday when restaurants were allowed to host diners until 10pm thanks to the easing of social-distancing measures. So, how did things go? Mike Weeks asked Maurice Kong, the first vice-chairperson of the Institution of Dining Art:
Unemployment tipped to hit 7.5 percent   Listenfacebook
A Chinese University academic has warned that Hong Kong's jobless rate could take another turn for the worse after hitting a near 17-year high of seven percent in the three months ending January. A co-director of the university’s International Business and Chinese Enterprise Programme, Simon Lee, says the retail and tourism sectors are still struggling amid the pandemic and it could take months before the job market improves. He spoke to RTHK's Ben Tse:
Second bail bid proves fruitless for Jimmy Lai  Listenfacebook
Media tycoon Jimmy Lai has lost his latest bid to be released on bail as he awaits trial on national security charges. Timmy Sung reports:
Drivers face new drug tests  Listenfacebook
The police started using new drug-driving detection tests on Friday. Officers from the police traffic branch say they will save time and enhance objectivity when stopping drivers suspected of being intoxicated. Wong Yin-ting reports:
Director of Broadcasting says BBC decision was his alone  Listenfacebook
The Director of Broadcasting, Leung Ka-wing, says it was his decision to take BBC radio off-air in Hong Kong. The RTHK chief says he was responding to the mainland's ban on the UK broadcaster. Richard Pyne has the details: