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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's Covid cases climb over 6,000  Listenfacebook
Health authorities have further relaxed the criteria to discharge Covid patients from isolation facilities. It comes as services are overstretched because of the surge in coronavirus cases. On Thursday, there were more than 6,000 new cases, while another 15 patients died in the latest 24-hour period. Frank Yung reports:
CE considers citywide testing with mainland support  Listenfacebook
The chief executive says the government will consider rolling out citywide Covid-19 testing when capabilities are ramped up with support from the mainland. Carrie Lam was speaking to reporters after welcoming a team of mainland experts arriving in Hong Kong to help with the SAR's pandemic fight. Damon Pang reports:
Facilities deemed insufficient to support mass testing  Listenfacebook
An infectious disease expert, Joseph Tsang, says the government must have more than enough isolation and treatment facilities for Covid-19 patients in place before it starts testing everyone in Hong Kong. Maggie Ho reports:
Expert calls for mild cases to isolate at home  Listenfacebook
Top epidemiologist, Benjamin Cowling, says Hong Kong needs to change its strategy of hospitalising all Covid patients. Professor Cowling, from the University of Hong Kong's School of Public Health, said he was very concerned after seeing photographs of patients lying in hospital beds outdoors while waiting to be admitted. He told Vicky Wong that mild Covid cases should be allowed to isolate at home:
Ambulance services delayed as crews overstretched  Listenfacebook
The Fire Services Department says its ambulance crews are extremely stretched due to the current wave of Covid-19 infections. Officers also say ambulance trips now take much longer than usual. Damon Pang reports:
Improvements needed at helper dorms  Listenfacebook
The Ombudsman has called on the government to tighten regulations to ensure the standards at foreign domestic helper dormitories, saying poor living conditions are unacceptable from a humanitarian point of view. The office launched a direct investigation after the media identified problems, such as overcrowding and poor hygiene, following reports that some helpers staying in these dorms had caught Covid-19. Damon Pang reports:
Employers group fear bearing boarding costs  Listenfacebook
The chairwoman of the Hong Kong Employers of Overseas Domestic Helpers Association, Betty Yung, says she agrees that standards are needed on how helper dormitories are run. But she made it clear that excessive regulation could result in employment agencies shifting operating costs to employers. She spoke to Timmy Sung:
People reminded to update Covid app  Listenfacebook
The government has urged people to update the LeaveHomeSafe app and store their vaccination records in it to prepare for the rollout of the vaccine pass scheme. Starting next Thursday, only vaccinated people can enter a large number of premises, including restaurants, supermarkets, and shopping malls. Natale Ching reports:
Macau tightens entry requirements for HKers  Listenfacebook
The Macau government has tightened entry requirements for travellers from Hong Kong because of what it called the "changes" in the epidemic situation here. Aaron Tam reports:
Authorities urged to delay CE election  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's sole delegate to the nation's top legislative body says the authorities should consider whether next month's chief executive election should go ahead in light of the worsening health situation here. Tam Yiu-chung said Hong Kong should heed the directive from President Xi Jinping that its top priority was to tackle the Covid outbreak. Jimmy Choi reports:
Blinken highlights 'peril' in Ukraine  Listenfacebook
The American secretary of state, Antony Blinken, says Russia should unequivocally state that it won't invade Ukraine. He told the Security Council in New York that this could be demonstrated by sending troops back to barracks and diplomats to the negotiating table. He was speaking amid concerns in the West that Russia may be trying to engineer a pretext for an invasion. The Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin called Mr Blinken's comments dangerous. RTHK's Annemarie Evans spoke to Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University in the UK, and asked him whether he thought Russia was withdrawing its forces from near the border with Ukraine: