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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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New Covid cases tops 2,000  Listenfacebook
For the first time, the daily tally of new Covid-19 infections has topped 2,000. And that figure is expected to double on Tuesday after authorities reported 4,500 preliminary cases. At least 10 patients, including a three-year-old girl, are in a critical condition. Authorities are now taking steps to try to help thousands of coronavirus patients awaiting admission to hospitals, which are overstretched due to the surge in infections. Joanne Wong reports:
Doctor reassures parents over Covid in children  Listenfacebook
A group of paediatric doctors and nurses are seeking to allay parents' concerns, saying most children infected with Covid-19 can recover without taking antivirals. But it reminded parents and carers to call an ambulance if an infected child had difficulty breathing or eating, or had a persistent high fever, chest pain or cramps. Dr Mike Kwan, a consultant in paediatric infectious diseases at Princess Margaret Hospital, told Janice Wong that Covid symptoms could be more prominent in children because of their smaller airways:
Sinovac jabs open for children as young as three  Listenfacebook
A government adviser on Covid-19 vaccines has called on the authorities to quickly arrange outreach teams to give Sinovac jabs to children. Lau Yu-lung says the vaccine is proven to be safe for young kids. Authorities had earlier suggested inoculating children in schools, but face-to-face classes have been been suspended at least until March 6 due to the pandemic. Damon Pang reports:
Principal says class suspensions 'sensible'  Listenfacebook
A school principal says the decision to suspend face-to-face classes until at least March 6 is sensible given the number of coronavirus cases. The Education Bureau also announced on Monday that it was cancelling the internal assessments for primary six students to be allocated secondary school places, as well as this year's territory-wide assessment. Dion Chen, the chairman of the Hong Kong Direct Subsidy Scheme Schools Council, who's also the principal of Ying Wa College, told Vicky Wong that this could affect some students but it wasn't possible for schools to hold exams right now:
Dr says delay in isolating patients leading to more infections  Listenfacebook
A specialist in infectious diseases at Gleneagles Hospital, Dr Wilson Lam, says the delay in sending Covid patients to isolation facilities is compounding the fifth wave of infections. Despite this, he told Ben Tse that he didn't believe the situation was out of control:
Govt seeks epidemic funding boost  Listenfacebook
The government says up to 300,000 people who've lost their jobs since the end of December can receive subsidies from its planned pandemic-related unemployment scheme. To pay for it, the administration is seeking approval on Tuesday from Legco's finance committee to inject a further $27 billion into its Anti-Epidemic Fund. Timmy Sung reports:
City urged to adopt green approach to lai see  Listenfacebook
An environmental group says people need to start thinking about new ways to distribute Lai See. Greeners Action, which has been recycling the red lucky money packets for 13 years, says it expects to collect up to seven million discarded packets this year, up from 5.6 million a year ago. The group's assistant project manager, Man Yip, says people could consider using alternatives, such as distributing the money electronically. She spoke to Vanessa Cheng:
Hong Kong to co-host Gay Games with Mexico  Listenfacebook
Organisers of the Gay Games say Hong Kong will co-host the event with Guadalajara in Mexico. It's scheduled for November 2023. They cite the challenges posed by the pandemic as the reason. Hong Kong had originally planned to host the Gay Games by itself. If it goes ahead as now planned, it will be the first time the event has been held in both Asia and Latin America. Lisa Lam, one of the co-chairs of the Gay Games, told Kelly Yu that she hoped the decision would allow more participants to join, regardless of where they were from: