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


Now playing: Legco 2021: HK Island East
Selected audio segments:
People advised not to wait for better jabs  Listenfacebook
Pharmacists have advised people not to wait for second generation coronavirus vaccines, as the newly-discovered Omicron variant spreads around the world. The call comes as about four out of 10 people polled by the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Hong Kong said they still hadn't been vaccinated. About 5,600 people were quizzed by the group in October. More than half of those who expressed an intention to get inoculated said they were waiting for a better vaccine, while others thought it wasn't urgent. Timmy Sung asked the society's president, William Chui, whether the current vaccines were effective against Omicron:
Seafarers among nine new Covid cases  Listenfacebook
Health authorities confirmed nine imported Covid-19 cases on Sunday. It includes six seafarers who arrived from Japan earlier this month. Wendy Wong reports:
Hospital apologises for misdiagnosis  Listenfacebook
Tuen Mun Hospital says it's apologised to the family of a man who died after medics failed to diagnose that he'd had a heart attack. It's also asked the coroner to investigate. Joanne Wong reports:
HKers told to respect national constitution  Listenfacebook
The Financial Secretary Paul Chan says Hong Kong must respect the mainland's socialist system and the country's constitution. He says the SAR is headed towards a new era of governance and prosperity now that there is a better understanding of the constitutional order. Wendy Wong reports:
Mainland Olympians offered free study  Listenfacebook
The council chairman of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Lam Tai-fai, has invited elite athletes from the mainland to study at the institution for free. He made the invitation as Olympic athletes from the national team wrapped up a three-day visit to the SAR on Sunday. Joanne Wong reports:
Call for more PE lessons to promote unity  Listenfacebook
A sports professor says schools should be encouraged to hold more PE classes, if the government wants to use sports to boost national pride. Patrick Lau, from the Department of Sport, Physical Education and Health at Hong Kong Baptist University, says the live broadcasts of the Tokyo Games in shopping malls helped foster a sense of unity in the SAR, especially following the 2019 social unrest. But he says authorities need to consider how to sustain the positive sentiment. He welcomed plans for a new Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau, and told Janice Wong that schools should hold more than one compulsory PE lesson a week:
Legco 2021: HK Island East  Listenfacebook
The first Legislative Council elections following Beijing’s revamp of Hong Kong’s electoral system take place on December 19. That means in two weeks' time, the SAR will have a new legislature consisting of 90 lawmakers - 20 of whom will be elected by people living in 10 geographical constituencies. RTHK first met those campaigning in Hong Kong Island East constituency:
Charity puts heart into helping children  Listenfacebook
Operation Santa Claus 2021 is raising money for 18 charities, one of which aims to screen and test children for inherited cardiovascular disease, to prevent any sudden deaths. It's organised by the Children’s Heart Foundation, which aims to support children suffering from congenital heart disease and their families. RTHK's Yuki Tsang went to their centre in Kowloon Bay, and spoke to Ivan Chau, the Fundraising Officer of the Children’s Heart Foundation:
China highlights 'deficiencies' in US democracy  Listenfacebook
The Foreign Ministry has released a report on the "State of Democracy in the United States", saying it "exposed the deficiencies" of American-style democracy. As Priscilla Ng reports, the report also accused Washington of exporting such democracy to other parts of the world:
Violent Covid protests continue in Europe  Listenfacebook
In Belgium, thousands of people - many of them chanting "freedom" - have been demonstrating in Brussels against the country's anti-Covid regulations. Police put the number of protesters at about eight thousand - far fewer than at a much bigger demonstration two weeks ago. RTHK's UK correspondent, Gavin Grey, told Samantha Butler that coronavirus cases in Belgium were "pretty bad":
Biden, Putin to hold virtual summit  Listenfacebook
President Biden has warned he won't accept "red lines" set by Moscow, as fears mount that Russia is planning an imminent invasion of Ukraine. The two presidents are to hold virtual talks on Tuesday. It comes after the US, Britain and Ukraine all warned of potential conflict in the region early next year. RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, told Samantha Butler he didn't expect much from the virtual summit: