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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

2021-03-16
Tuesday

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Everyone over 30 can now get covid jabs   Listenfacebook
The government is expanding its coronavirus inoculation programme to cover more than five million people aged 30 and above. That's because of the relatively low vaccination rate in the past two and a half weeks since the programme was launched. Domestic helpers and people over 16 studying outside of Hong Kong are also among those who can make a booking for injections from 9am on Tuesday, as Wendy Wong reports:
Seven deaths not related to Sinovac jabs: experts panel   Listenfacebook
The expansion of the government’s inoculation programme comes as a panel of experts concluded that none of the seven deaths among people who'd received the Sinovac injections could be directly linked to the vaccine. Violet Wong reports:
Ursus cluster rises to 122 cases   Listenfacebook
The government imposed overnight lockdowns on seven more residential buildings in the Sai Ying Pun area as authorities try to halt the spread of the outbreak that started in the Ursus Fitness Centre. It was the third straight night that buildings in the area have been sealed off for testing, which found two infections on Monday, a couple who work at the US consulate. As Vicky Wong reports, 16 local cases were also confirmed on the same day:
Residents question need for more Sai Ying Pun lockdowns  Listenfacebook
The chair of the Central and Western district council, Cheng Lai-king, says Mid-Levels residents have questioned the need for lockdowns in buildings with no confirmed cases. She also said that some people are confused as they have been asked to take tests twice. She told Janice Wong that many are upset at the continued disruption to their lives:
Government looks at options to bring residents home from the UK   Listenfacebook
The government says it's exploring ways to allow hundreds of Hong Kong people stuck for months in the UK to return home. However, there's no sign yet of a ban on arrivals from Britain and three other countries being fully lifted. Steve Dunthorne has the details:
Two HK films listed for Oscar nominations   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's film industry has been given a major boost with its choice for the Best Foreign Language Oscar making the five-strong list of nominees. A film about the 2019 anti-extradition bill protests is also up for Best Documentary Short. Cecil Wong has the details:
Screening of ‘Inside the Red Brick Wall’ pulled at last minute   Listenfacebook
An award-winning documentary about the police siege of Polytechnic University in 2019 was pulled hours before its first commercial screening on Monday night after days of criticism from a pro-Beijing newspaper. Violet Wong reports:
Protestor jailed for serious assaults on two policemen  Listenfacebook
A 24-year-old man has been sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison for biting off part of a police officer’s finger and breaking the arm of another policeman during anti-government protests almost two years ago. Altis Wong reports:
Beijing asks for views on electoral changes it’s mandated for HK   Listenfacebook
Senior mainland officials have started consulting people on Beijing's planned overhaul of Hong Kong's electoral system. They say they're keen to listen to local opinions so long as they are in line with the central authorities' decision on the matter. Some pro-government figures are now debating among themselves the details of Beijing's broader plan, including how many lawmakers the new election committee can choose. Maggie Ho reports:
CE vows to supervise every aspect of electoral overhaul   Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, says implementing the electoral changes mandated by Beijing is so important that she will supervise every aspect of the work herself. Lam told three pro-Beijing newspapers - Wen Wei Po, Tai Kung Pao and the Hong Kong Commercial Daily - that her administration "must complete" its task in the coming 12 months. Jimmy Choi has the details:
DB urged to be more forthcoming on programme decisions  Listenfacebook
The new Director of Broadcasting, Patrick Li, has told legislators that a programme was abruptly pulled from RTHK last week because it wasn't 'completely impartial'. But he refused to go into specifics about his decision to replace an episode of "Legco Review" that was to have discussed Beijing's electoral changes in Hong Kong with a rerun. Liberal Party lawmaker Felix Chung was among lawmakers who'd wanted an explanation for that and other shows recently being pulled. He spoke to RTHK's Richard Pyne: