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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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Asylum seekers and mainlanders to be offered free coronavirus jabs   Listenfacebook
The government has announced that it will expand the Covid-19 vaccination programme to include mainlanders with two-way permits as well as refugees and asylum seekers. Vicky Wong has the details:
Refugees welcome move on inoculation   Listenfacebook
The Society for Community Organization, which supports new mainland migrants to Hong Kong, welcomed the move to give free Covid jabs to two-way permit holders. But one of its organisers, Sze Lai-shan, urged the government to also provide them with other medical support and follow-up treatment, and charge them the same as Hong Kong residents. A co-founder of the Hong Kong Society for Asylum-Seekers and Refugees says the government has been quite responsive to concerns from refugees over Covid-19 vaccinations. Isabella Ng told Mike Weeks the move to open up access to jabs has been well received:
CE rules out cash incentives to boost vaccination programme  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, has conceded that her administration couldn't persuade many Hong Kong people to get vaccinated against coronavirus, even if it paid them. Instead, she's appealing to the private sector to help out. Maggie Ho has that story:
Adopting mainland Covid risk assessments ‘a good move’   Listenfacebook
Leading microbiologist Ho Pak-leung has expressed support for the government’s move to adopt Beijing's Covid-19 risk assessments for mainland cities, saying Hong Kong simply doesn’t have enough information to make timely decisions of its own. Maggie Ho reports:
Two untraceable Covid cases confirmed  Listenfacebook
Health authorities say community tests have uncovered two local coronavirus cases, one of which is a more-infectious variant of Covid-19. Both patients show no sign of infection and it's unclear how they contracted the disease. This comes after medical experts here cast doubt on a number of recent asymptomatic cases. Wong Yin-ting reports:
Inquest rules protester died by misadventure   Listenfacebook
A coroner's jury has found that the death of a protestor, in a fall from the Pacific Place mall in Admiralty at the start of the massive 2019 anti-government unrest, was the result of misadventure. Joanne Wong has more on the decision of the five-member panel:
Democratic Party wants to hear from all before making election decision  Listenfacebook
The Democratic Party says most of its supporters have told it not to run in this year's Legislative Council elections but the party is putting off making a final decision. Under Beijing’s electoral changes that are expected to be endorsed by lawmakers on Wednesday, Legco hopefuls will need the blessing of local delegates to the national legislature and the other subsectors of the Election Committee before they're allowed to stand. The party's chairman, Lo Kin-hei, says some pro-establishment figures have been persuading him and party members to run but they won't decide until September. He told Damon Pang what supporters have been telling the Democratic Party:
Organisers say pandemic rules will be followed at June 4 vigil   Listenfacebook
Organisers of the annual June 4 candlelight vigil are calling on the police not to use the Covid-19 pandemic as an excuse to block the memorial from happening again. As Timmy Sung reports, they were speaking after the force asked them how they plan to comply with social distancing regulations:
RTHK boss hopes for greater collaboration with mainland media  Listenfacebook
The Director of Broadcasting, Patrick Li, has told lawmakers that staff found to have added footage of a run by organisers of the annual June 4 vigil to the "Legco Review" programme without approval, will face disciplinary action. He also expressed hope that RTHK staff can start collaborating with mainland media in future. Here's Richard Pyne:
JA chief urges RTHK to trust the judgement of its staff   Listenfacebook
The head of the Journalists Association, Chris Yeung, says it's "disturbing" that RTHK has hired an outside team to produce its "Legco Review" because footage of a run by organisers of the annual June 4 vigil was apparently added to the TV programme without approval. Director of Broadcasting Patrick Li on Tuesday told lawmakers that staff found to be responsible will face disciplinary action, and could be forced to pay for the production costs. But Yeung told Natale Ching that he doesn't buy RTHK's argument that what used to be the annual commemoration of the Tiananmen incident has nothing to do with Legco:
Official says Beijing has ‘educated and transformed’ Xinjiang   Listenfacebook
A mainland official says Beijing chose to build education and training centres in Xinjiang instead of new prisons, and its efforts to remove extremist thoughts from people's minds have turned "ghosts into humans". Violet Wong reports:
Elderly ‘ashamed’ to claim benefits   Listenfacebook
Research suggests up to 14 percent of elderly people do not claim welfare subsidies they are entitled to, because they are either embarrassed or found it troublesome to apply. That's the finding of a survey carried out last year on more than 3,000 elderly people. Janice Wong asked Stefan Kuhner, an associate professor in sociology and social policy at Lingnan University, why there’s such stigma about making claims:
Will-writing gets a vaccine boost  Listenfacebook
Researching vaccine options, getting a health check and booking time off work are common among those getting their jabs against Covid-19. But some people are going a step further and making wills before inoculation day. Wendy Wong reports: