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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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Covid deaths of two patients aged three, 100  Listenfacebook
The Hospital Authority has announced the deaths of two more Covid patients, a three-year-old girl, and a 100-year-old woman - making them the youngest and oldest Covid-related deaths in Hong Kong. On Tuesday, more than 1,600 new infections were confirmed. But the number of preliminary positives keeps on growing as health authorities struggle with a backlog of cases. There were 5,400 preliminary cases announced on Tuesday. To ease the strain on public hospitals, seven designated clinics will begin operating from Wednesday to treat patients who test preliminary positive and have mild symptoms. Frank Yung reports:
Hotels and new public flats to be used for isolation  Listenfacebook
The government has unveiled plans to house infected Covid patients in hotels, and newly-built public housing flats, providing up to 13,000 units in total. The Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the shortage of medical and isolation facilities was now the biggest bottleneck in the fight against the pandemic. Frank Yung reports:
Lawmaker decries use of public housing for isolation  Listenfacebook
A DAB lawmaker has expressed deep concern about the plan to use the new public housing block, Queen's Hill Estate in Fanling, as a quarantine facility. Edward Lau told Frances Sit that while officials may have used Chun Yeung Estate in Fo Tan for quarantine at the start of the pandemic, the situation at Queen's Hill Estate was different:
Govt urged to use private labs to ease backlog  Listenfacebook
A public health expert at the Chinese University has urged the government to consider letting private laboratories help with confirming Covid test results. Professor Kwok Kin-on says cases are being under-reported amid a backlog in testing. Timmy Sung reports:
Chief Secretary in home quarantine  Listenfacebook
The rapidly-spreading Omicron outbreak has now affected the Chief Executive's Office. That was revealed shortly after it was announced that Chief Secretary John Lee is undergoing home quarantine. Wendy Wong reports:
Legco approves epidemic fund boost  Listenfacebook
The Legislative Council has approved a government request for a further $27 billion for the anti-epidemic fund. The money will go towards measures, including a $10,000 handout to people who've lost their jobs since December. The Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Edward Yau, stood in for John Lee at Tuesday's online meeting of Legco's finance committee, to discuss the anti-epidemic fund. Third Side lawmaker, Tik Chi-yuen, says he believes the government can still operate normally, even though Lee is isolating at home. But he told Joanne Wong that the government had failed to devise a comprehensive long-term plan to deal with the pandemic:
Surge in Covid cases among pregnant women  Listenfacebook
An obstetrics professor is urging pregnant women to get vaccinated against Covid-19 after figures show around 50 of them have tested positive this year - the same amount recorded for both 2020 and last year. Liona Poon from the Chinese University's Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology says the surge in cases in expectant mothers is because Omicron is a highly-contagious variant. She said the benefits of the mRNA Covid vaccine outweighed any potential risks:
Covid tests announced for pets  Listenfacebook
City University says a new Covid testing scheme for cats and dogs should give pet owners in Covid hotspots peace of mind and reduce pet abandonment. The university is partnering with the Prenetics health testing company to launch the testing service from Monday. Duncan Hockley, the executive director of the university's Veterinary Medical Centre, told Vicky Wong that it was hoped in future, the testing could cover other animals:
Singer-activist arrested for sedition  Listenfacebook
RTHK has learnt that singer and activist, Tommy Yuen, has been arrested by national security police on suspicion of sedition and money laundering. At a media briefing, the force would say only that they arrested a 41-year-old singer over content he published on social media. Francis Sit reports:
Kai Tak River tops pollution study  Listenfacebook
A study of rivers around the world has found potentially toxic levels of pharmaceutical drugs in a quarter of them. Hong Kong's Kai Tak river was found to contain 34 pharmaceutical ingredients - the most of any of the 258 waterways studied. It and the Lam Tsuen River were ranked 29th and 70th in terms of drug pollution. The global study involved more than 100 researchers in 137 cities and regions. One of them, Professor Kenneth Leung, is the director of the State Key Laboratory of Marine Pollution at City University of Hong Kong. He told Vicky Wong about the pharmaceuticals that are affecting the ecosystem and our health:
Prince Andrew settles case with sexual assault accuser  Listenfacebook
Prince Andrew has agreed to pay a financial settlement to Virginia Giuffre - the woman who accused him of sexual assault. Queen Elizabeth's son has always denied the crimes, and said he couldn't even remember meeting Giuffre, even though there was a photograph of him with his arm around her when she was 17. RTHK's UK correspondent Peter Anderson told Vicky Wong that the settlement doesn't see Prince Andrew admit any liability: