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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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HK records second day of 300-plus Covid cases  Listenfacebook
For the second day in a row, health authorities have reported more than 300 new coronavirus cases, saying there are probably hundreds of transmission chains in the community. Housing blocks in Sha Tin and Tuen Mun have been locked down for testing of residents after sewage samples tested positive for Covid-19. The order applies to Mei Sau, Mei King and Mei Chi houses at Mei Tin Estate, and Leung Kit and Leung Wai houses at Leung King Estate. On Sunday, there were 342 new cases, all local infections. Violet Wong reports.
HA chief says home quarantine may be needed  Listenfacebook
The head of the Hospital Authority, Tony Ko, says patients may eventually have to self-isolate at home if quarantine facilities become overwhelmed. But he says medical staff will still check on them over the phone. Frank Yung reports:
Lawmaker calls for class suspensions to be extended  Listenfacebook
Medical-sector lawmaker, David Lam, says class suspensions should be extended beyond February 21, until the current wave of Covid infections is under control. He told Janice Wong that the current outbreak could take up to three months to subside:
Vaccination rate among eligible tops 80 percent  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam says Hong Kong has hit an important milestone in its fight against Covid-19, with four out of every five eligible residents receiving at least one jab. She also revealed that plans would be announced this week for the implementation of a vaccine pass system. Steve Dunthorne reports:
Govt plays down food supply worries  Listenfacebook
The government has admitted that food supplies at one of the SAR's two main wholesale markets were disrupted on Sunday after cross-boundary delivery drivers were forced into quarantine because of positive tests on the mainland. Industry groups warned that supply disruption would lead to higher prices for consumers. But officials said last night that the supply situation was now stable. Todd Harding reports:
FS: contain Covid outbreaks to save economy  Listenfacebook
The Financial Secretary Paul Chan says Hong Kong has to contain the latest Covid-19 outbreaks as quickly as possible in order to stabilise and support the economy. Timmy Sung reports:
New US jobs numbers exceed expectations   Listenfacebook
In the United States, more than 460,000 new jobs were added in January - a stronger performance than what experts had predicted. But RTHK’s Washington correspondent Barry Wood told Samantha Butler that the jobs number only just reached pre-pandemic levels, and increasing inflation and interest rates were still a problem. He began by talking about last week’s summit between President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, saying reaction in Washington to the meeting was “pretty grim”: