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

2022-02-09
Wednesday

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Tough Covid measures restrict private gatherings  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam has announced Hong Kong's toughest social-distancing rules to date, including a ban on private gatherings of more than two families. A vaccine pass scheme will also take effect later this month, covering 23 types of premises, including markets and supermarkets. Violet Wong reports:
Upcoming vaccine pass scheme extended  Listenfacebook
The government has reassured the public that officials will be flexible in enforcing the vaccine pass arrangements to be launched in just over two weeks from now. They will cover an extended array of premises, including markets and shopping centres. But, as Wendy Wong reports, people will be exempt from the mandatory vaccination requirement if they have to go through a mall to get home or go to work:
Subsidies promised for high-risk workers, jobless  Listenfacebook
In announcing the toughest social-distancing rules yet imposed in Hong Kong, the Chief Executive also revealed that her government would give $10,000 handouts to people who've lost their jobs because of the pandemic, as part of a new $26 billion relief fund. As Cecil Wong reports, the government will also change laws to tackle labour issues related to Covid-19:
Employers group welcomes labour law changes  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive also announced the government is amending the employment ordinance, so it won't be seen as "unreasonable" for employers to fire workers who can't go to work because they're not vaccinated. But she said it would be "unreasonable" for firms to sack workers who were in quarantine or subject to lockdowns. The CEO of the Employers' Federation of Hong Kong, Louis Pong, welcomed the planned changes to the employment ordinance, saying it was reasonable to ask employees doing key jobs – such as working front of house in a restaurant – to get vaccinated. Pong, begins by telling Joanne Wong that many companies have been allowing time off for staff who have to undergo mandatory quarantine:
HK confirms record 625 Covid cases  Listenfacebook
Health authorities announced a further 625 Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, setting yet another record for Hong Kong's daily tally of infections. Frank Yung reports:
Covid patients face long queue for hospital admission  Listenfacebook
Health authorities have been urged to set up triage hotlines for people who test positive for Covid-19, to reduce the need for them to go to public hospitals and help ease the pressure on accident and emergency departments. Frances Sit reports:
Tuen Mun lockdown residents kept in the dark  Listenfacebook
DAB lawmaker Holden Chow has criticised the government for keeping residents of a locked down Tuen Mun block in the dark for hours about the progress of the testing operation. Authorities announced late on Monday night that the lockdown of Leung Kit House, in Leung King estate, would be extended for a second night, after more than 50 people living there tested positive for Covid-19. It was extended again until at least 10 am on Wednesday. Chow visited the block on Monday and told Jimmy Choi that residents should have been told earlier about the extension:
Baise lockdown causes surge in aluminium price  Listenfacebook
The major aluminium-producing mainland city of Baise has reported a third straight day of rising Covid infections. The outbreak in the locked-down city has seen the base metal surge to a 14-year peak on stretched global supplies. Vicky Wong reports:
Philippines presidential hopefuls begin campaigns  Listenfacebook
Campaigning for the Presidential elections in the Philippines officially started on Tuesday, with a cast of candidates led by a late dictator’s son as well as the pro-democracy current vice president. RTHK’s Manila correspondent Alan Robles says Covid restrictions mean social media has become a key battleground for the May 9 polls, and people many fear the spread of disinformation could worsen. He begins by explaining to Janice Wong why current president, Rodrigo Duterte, isn't running for a second term: