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


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No peak in sight as local Covid cases top 1,100  Listenfacebook
For the first time, the number of daily Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong has topped 1,000. Health authorities warn that accident and emergency units at public hospitals are being overwhelmed, and they urge people who test preliminary positive to wait at home for admission arrangements. Timmy Sung reports:
Virologist warns of even stricter measures ahead  Listenfacebook
A clinical virologist from the University of Hong Kong warns that the tighter social-distancing measures that have taken effect can only slow the spread of the coronavirus, but not halt infections altogether. The measures include limiting public gatherings to two people and restricting household gatherings to two families. Dr Siddharth Sridhar told Frank Yung that even stricter measures would be warranted if the number of infections continued to rise rapidly:
People queue for last-minute hairdos  Listenfacebook
Many people have been queuing at hair salons before they shut for at least two weeks, as part of tougher social distancing curbs. Some parents brought their children, saying it might be harder for them to get a haircut when the vaccine pass scheme takes effect in two weeks:
DB residents unhappy with testing arrangements  Listenfacebook
Discovery Bay residents have been queuing to get tested for Covid-19 after authorities ordered mandatory testing for almost everyone living there, as well as recent visitors. The order was imposed late Tuesday after sewage samples were found to contain Covid-19, and a number of people who work in the area were confirmed positive. But not everyone is happy with the testing arrangements, as Jimmy Choi reports:
Testing order on DB Plaza will create 'a big mess'  Listenfacebook
A community organiser from the group DB Watchdog says a new compulsory testing order covering the main plaza in Discovery Bay will further compound problems there. Jonathan Chow said there was insufficient capacity to test some 18,000 residents by the end of Sunday. And he said the latest notice covering DB Plaza would involve many residents, requiring them to take two tests by Monday. He told Janice Wong it was a big mess:
Authorities vow to crack down on Covid breaches  Listenfacebook
A senior health official has urged people to comply with the ban on private gatherings of more than two households, vowing authorities will enforce the law if investigations find people have broken the rule. He stressed the importance of putting out a strong message, although he said he believed most people would cooperate. Francis Sit reports:
Covid measures hit bus passenger numbers  Listenfacebook
The operator of two bus firms is hoping for wage support to avoid laying-off staff as bus passenger numbers plummet. Bravo Transport Services runs CityBus and New World First Bus, and has seen ridership plunge more than 40 percent amid Covid restrictions. Even before the fifth wave began, it said monthly losses were $25 million. Adam Leishman, Bravo's CEO, told Vicky Wong the company had so far managed to avoid any frontline redundancies:
CE apologises for long testing queues  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam says she's "deeply sorry and anxious" about the long wait people have to endure before they can get tested, or enter isolation facilities after testing positive. Violet Wong reports:
Former student unionist acquitted in laser pointer case  Listenfacebook
A former president of Baptist University’s student union, Keith Fong, has been acquitted of possessing laser pointers during the 2019 social unrest. But he was found guilty of resisting arrest and perverting the course of justice, as Timmy Sung reports:
Govt insists HK media 'as vibrant as ever'  Listenfacebook
The government says the media landscape in Hong Kong is “as vibrant as ever", dismissing suggestions by an overseas coalition that press freedom here has taken a turn for the worse. Jimmy Choi reports: