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

2021-12-14
Tuesday

Now playing: Legco 2021: New Territories North
Selected audio segments:
HK records two more Omicron cases  Listenfacebook
Health officials have reported two more cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in Hong Kong. The pair both arrived in the SAR from Britain, which on Monday became the first country in the world to report the death of a patient with the Omicron strain. The mainland has also reported its first Omicron case. Steve Dunthorne reports:
First Omicron death recorded in UK  Listenfacebook
The British prime minister, Boris Johnson, says at least one person in the UK has died with the Omicron coronavirus variant. He'd earlier announced ambitious plans to accelerate the vaccine booster programme, saying by the end of December, all adults in England are to be offered a third shot of a vaccine. RTHK's London-based correspondent Gavin Grey told Samantha Butler what was known about the first Omicon death:
Doctor urges people to get Covid jabs  Listenfacebook
A respiratory medicine expert says people should get vaccinated against Covid-19 as soon as possible, instead of waiting for drug manufacturers to develop new vaccines against the Omicron variant. Maggie Ho reports:
Elderly avoid hospital visits during pandemic  Listenfacebook
Researchers at the University of Hong Kong say some elderly people and patients with chronic diseases may have avoided seeking medical treatment in hospital because of concerns relating to the pandemic. They say this could have had dire consequences. Wendy Wong reports:
Men fail to wear masks during prostitute visits  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong men who visit prostitutes are being urged to use the government's LeaveHomeSafe app to enter those premises, and keep their face masks on during sex. A survey has suggested many clients are dismissive of the risks of catching Covid-19 from their activities. Wendy Wong reports:
Call to resume full-day classes to help poorer families  Listenfacebook
A community group has called on the government to resume full-day, in-person classes and strengthen education support for grassroots families because half-day classes are making it difficult for them to keep up with schoolwork. Concern For Grassroots' Livelihood Alliance interviewed around 400 low-income parents this month and found they had to spend up to three extra hours each day to help their children with homework, and barely had time to make a living. A director of the group, Wong Kai-hing, spoke to Kelly Yu:
Legco 2021: New Territories North  Listenfacebook
The first Legislative Council elections following Beijing’s revamp of Hong Kong’s electoral system take place on Sunday. Voters will choose a new legislature consisting of 90 lawmakers - 20 of whom will be elected by people living in 10 geographical constituencies. In a special series, RTHK is meeting Legco candidates from around Hong Kong. This time, we feature those in the New Territories North geographical constituency:
Activists jailed over banned June 4 vigil  Listenfacebook
The District Court has jailed eight activists to between four and a half months and 14 months for their roles in a banned June 4th vigil in Victoria Park last year. Police have rejected applications for the last two candlelight vigils, citing coronavirus restrictions. But critics have accused authorities of using the pandemic as an excuse to block what had been an annual commemoration for 30 years. Jimmy Choi reports:
First arrest made under new doxxing laws  Listenfacebook
A 31-year-old man has become the first to be arrested under new anti-doxxing laws. He's accused of posting someone's personal details online after becoming embroiled in a dispute over money. Wendy Wong reports:
Children counselled after Nanjing Massacre lesson  Listenfacebook
Children at a Tuen Mun primary school have been offered counselling after some as young as six were made to watch graphic footage of the Nanjing Massacre. Monday marked the 84th anniversary of the massacre in the city by Japanese troops just before World War 2. Some parents complained their children were left frightened and in tears after viewing the footage. Frances Sit reports:
Authorities should learn from massacre lesson  Listenfacebook
A concern group says education officials can learn a lesson over how the Nanjing massacre should be taught in schools. Mervyn Cheung from the Education Policy Concern Organization said he agreed with the Education Bureau that history shouldn't be avoided, but teachers should consider the age and maturity of pupils when selecting what to show. He also told Janice Wong that teachers weren't to blame as the matter was a “new experience”:
Nanjing remembers massacre, 84 years on  Listenfacebook
A national commemoration was held on Monday in Nanjing to mark the 84th anniversary of the massacre in the city. Timmy Sung reports:
Injured jockeys in stable condition  Listenfacebook
The Jockey Club says three jockeys who were injured during a major fall at the Hong Kong International Races on Sunday are in stable condition in hospital and will take some time to recover. Vicky Wong reports: