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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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New record of over 2,000 Covid cases expected  Listenfacebook
Health authorities reported over 1,300 new coronavirus cases on Sunday. And Monday's total looks to be a new record, after 2,000 preliminary infections were noted the day before. Meanwhile, over the weekend, a flight ban on several countries was extended until March 4, while bookings start from Tuesday for children as young as three to have Sinovac jabs. Natale Ching has the latest:
FTU: Allow mainland medics to work in HK  Listenfacebook
The Federation of Trade Unions has called on the government to allow mainland medical staff to work in Hong Kong temporarily in the fight against the pandemic. FTU lawmaker Alice Mak admitted it could be a controversial idea but it was needed because of a shortage of manpower. Damon Pang reports:
CE unveils five Covid task forces with mainland  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, has outlined five task forces the government is setting up to tackle Hong Kong's fast-growing Omicron outbreak, in co-operation with the mainland. Each will be headed by a departmental secretary - with the Chief Secretary, John Lee, acting as coordinator and reporting to the CE. Robert Kemp reports:
DB group concerned over helper infections  Listenfacebook
A community organiser in Discovery Bay has expressed concern about the number of domestic helpers there who've recently tested positive for Covid-19. Jonathan Chow from DB Watchdog said some of those helpers lived away from their employers at a boarding house in Nim Shue Wan, where he described conditions as "unsatisfactory". He urged the government to investigate the situation. He was commenting after the entire district was hit by a compulsory testing order last week, after sewage samples and some residents tested positive. He told Janice Wong that residents were concerned after at least seven residential buildings in Discovery Bay found Covid cases:
Quarantine changes for nursing homes  Listenfacebook
The government is shortening quarantine arrangements for elderly home residents and staff, amid rising Covid-19 cases and a lack of isolation facilities. But as Damon Pang reports, questions are being raised about a move to require care home staff to be tested more frequently:
SOCO wants regular cash handouts for underprivileged  Listenfacebook
The Society for Community Organisation has called on the government to hand out cash to the less well-off on a regular basis. Soco says the underprivileged have been hit particularly hard during the pandemic. Frank Yung reports:
Two-fold increase in love scams in 2021  Listenfacebook
Love is patient... Love is kind... but as police have noted, love can be downright cruel at times, and expensive. That's a hard lesson that hundreds of people learned over the past year after they were duped out of hundreds of millions of dollars in love scams. Timmy Sung reports:
Covid hits flower sales ahead of Valentine's Day  Listenfacebook
Valentine's Day is usually one of the busiest and most profitable times of year for the floral industry in Hong Kong. But since the Covid pandemic hit the SAR in the beginning of 2020, business hasn't been as good around February 14. With even more Covid restrictions in place at the moment, how have local florists been affected for Valentine's Day 2022? Ben Tse spoke to Cecilia Lam, a florist and founder of Open Marché Floral Atelier:
Five-time champion horse trainer dies  Listenfacebook
Local horse racing is mourning the death of one of its legends. Five-time champion trainer Brian Kan, who was also a rural leader, has died at the age of 84. Frank Yung looks back at his life:
Real snow delights and disrupts the Beijing Games  Listenfacebook
Real snow has been falling in Beijing for the first time since the Winter Olympics began. It meant China freestyle skier, Gu Ailing, had to postpone her slopestyle event. Vicky Wong reports:
Art installation explores two years of Covid  Listenfacebook
How have we as humans evolved, or "graduated", from two years of living with Covid-19? That's the central question explored by "Rituals of Passage: A Graduation Show of the Plague Year". Atom Cheung attended the exhibition's opening where he spoke with the curator, Lesley Cheung:
Markets slide after US warnings over Ukraine  Listenfacebook
Wall Street stocks slid on Friday after the White House warned that Russia could invade Ukraine during the Olympics. Markets were already upset last week after inflation for the 12 months ending in January jumped 7.5 percent, its biggest increase in 40 years. RTHK's US economics correspondent, Barry Wood, told Samantha Butler that despite Ukraine's president inviting his US counterpart to visit "soon", it was unlikely to happen: