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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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HK sees third Covid death this week  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong has reported 986 new coronavirus cases, down slightly from Wednesday's record tally of over 1,100. Health officials also say another elderly patient has died. It comes after two chronically-ill patients in their 70s died a few days ago. Frank Yung reports:
Professor says Covid cases could reach 5,000 in days  Listenfacebook
A medical professor says Hong Kong may see between two to five thousand Covid infections in the coming days. Professor Kwok Kin-on from the Chinese University's School of Public Health and Primary Care said Wednesday's caseload of over 1,100 cases reflected the situation a week ago, when old social distancing curbs were in place and people celebrated Chinese New Year. Natale Ching reports:
Govt advisor suggests citywide lockdown  Listenfacebook
Government pandemic advisor Gabriel Leung says the government should consider putting the entire city under lockdown. He said he didn't believe any other social-distancing measures could contain the Omicron outbreaks. Timmy Sung reports:
Elderly patients may have been infected by nurse  Listenfacebook
A nursing instructor may have spread Covid-19 to five elderly patients at the Caritas Medical Centre. Government pandemic advisor, Yuen Kwok-yung, says staff who came into contact with the trainer should get tested. Natale Ching reports:
Push for outreach teams to vaccinate elderly  Listenfacebook
A professor of respiratory medicine says the government needs to arrange outreach teams to vaccinate the elderly in nursing homes before outbreaks at the facilities overwhelm the medical system. Kenneth Tsang from the Department of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong told Vicky Wong that the public health sector was already under tremendous pressure, so one solution would be to engage the private sector to conduct the vaccinations:
Call for mild patients to isolate at home  Listenfacebook
Government advisor, Yuen Kwok-yung, says Hong Kong should make preparations for Covid patients with mild symptoms to isolate at home. Citing the serious outbreak, Yuen said isolation and quarantine facilities would soon fill up, and it was paramount that steps were taken to protect the medical system and the elderly. Frances Sit reports:
Private doctor sees increase in people seeking jab exemption  Listenfacebook
The president of the Medical Association says up to 40 percent of people attending his private clinic recently were seeking a medical exemption from having a Covid vaccination. It comes less than two weeks before a vaccine pass is introduced, meaning people need at least one jab to enter certain types of premises, such as shopping malls and restaurants. Choi Kin told Janice Wong that many of these patients were new to his clinic, and included a surprising number of young and middle-aged people:
Vaccine pass pilot scheme launched  Listenfacebook
A restaurant manager says he's worried that the vaccine pass system being implemented at his establishment will only complicate matters and cause conflict between staff and customers. As part of a pilot scheme, his eatery adopted a vaccine pass system on Thursday, less than two weeks before some 23 types of premises also take up the measure. Frank Yung reports:
Mainland, SAR officials to meet over Covid  Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office says it'll hold a meeting between mainland and SAR officials in the near future to come up with measures to help control the epidemic situation in Hong Kong. Aaron Tam reports:
London police chief, Cressida Dick, quits  Listenfacebook
The chief of the London Metropolitan Police has resigned. Cressida Dick is leaving the post two years earlier than expected, after the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan expressed reservations about her ability to reform the police force. A recent report into police misconduct had found evidence of what it described as disgraceful misogyny and discrimination, including racist, anti-semitic and homophobic behavior. RTHK's London-based correspondent Peter Anderson told Janice Wong more about the scandals rocking the police force: