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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


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Kwai Chung lockdown finds single preliminary positive  Listenfacebook
Health authorities say a resident of Shek Wah House in Kwai Chung's Shek Lei (II) Estate tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday during an overnight lockdown that was imposed after the virus was found in sewage samples. The Centre for Health Protection says it'll follow up on the preliminary positive case. A separate lockdown of four tenement buildings in To Kwa Wan didn't yield any positive cases. Overall, authorities say the number of new coronavirus cases has dropped but the proportion of untraceable cases has gone up. On Sunday, there were 81 cases confirmed - 77 of those local, with 15 from an unknown source. Natale Ching reports:
Govt sticks with dynamic clearance strategy  Listenfacebook
The government says it's not against the law to discuss the effectiveness of Covid policies, amid discussion in the community over whether the city should try to live with the virus. But authorities stressed they would stick with what they called "dynamic clearance" of infections, stamping out cases where and when they arise. Timmy Sung reports:
People urged to reduce CNY gatherings  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Health, Sophia Chan, has urged people to cut down on gatherings over the Lunar New Year holiday and use virtual communications to send out season's greetings. Joanne Wong reports:
Experts back calls to broaden vaccine bubble  Listenfacebook
Calls have continued over the weekend for the government to further extend its planned vaccine pass scheme. It's expected to cover venues such as restaurants from late next month, and officials are looking at extending it to more indoor venues. High-profile microbiologist, Yuen Kwok-yung, put forward the idea last week of making public transport off-limits to anyone who hasn't had at least one jab. Another prominent scientist, the Chinese University respiratory medicine expert David Hui, backed the idea and suggested it could also cover shopping malls and supermarkets. But he says the pass system won't be enough on its own to ease social-distancing measures. Hui also told Natale Ching that there were practical concerns to be overcome before implementing the changes:
Helper shortage to ease next month  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Law Chi-kwong, says the severe shortage of foreign domestic helpers may ease next month, when more of them can come to Hong Kong after the quarantine period is shortened from 21 days to 14. Timmy Sung reports:
Stressed youngsters not seeking help  Listenfacebook
Half of the young people interviewed by an NGO say they feel stressed but most haven't sought professional help. The KELY Support Group said it interviewed around 1,350 people aged between 14 and 24 about their mental health in October. It found 60 percent of respondents said they faced mental health issues but didn't seek help. And for those who did, they first turned to their friends or parents. The group’s executive director, Sky Siu, told Timmy Sung more about the findings:
Beijing records spike in new cases  Listenfacebook
Beijing has recorded its highest number of new coronavirus cases for a year and a half, as the Chinese capital gears up to host the Winter Olympics from Friday. Several residential communities north of the city centre have been sealed off after two cases were found. Cecil Wong reports:
Macau's no.2 junket boss arrested  Listenfacebook
Macau authorities have further stepped up their campaign against illegal cross-border gambling. The SAR's judicial police confirmed two arrests on Sunday for alleged illegal gambling and money laundering. It's emerged that one of the men held is the CEO and controlling shareholder of a Hong Kong-listed company that operates a casino in Macau. Todd Harding reports:
Another volatile week expected on Wall Street  Listenfacebook
Investors are being advised to strap in for another volatile week on Wall Street after US markets went on a roller coaster ride following an announcement by the Federal Reserve that it plans to start raising interest rates as early as March to tackle inflation. The extreme volatility last week left most investors stumped, but ended, remarkably, with the Dow closing out its best day of the year. Samantha Butler asked RTHK's US economics correspondent, Barry Wood, if the worse was now over: