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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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Govt mulls tighter restrictions as city records 6,000 cases   Listenfacebook
Health officials have warned of a rising trend of Covid-19 infections, as Hong Kong again reported more than 6,000 cases on Sunday. The Health Secretary, Sophia Chan, said authorities were looking into tightening social distancing rules further to curb the spread of the Omicron variant in the community. Damon Pang reports:
Expert says Omicron outbreak could peak mid-March  Listenfacebook
A health expert says analysis of the current trend of infections suggests Hong Kong is still in the early stage of the outbreak, and could see hundreds of thousands of new cases a day in the coming weeks. Karen Grepin, an Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong's School of Public Health, says whether or not infections peak in mid-March will depend on the measures taken by authorities. She spoke to Janice Wong:
Govt adjusts Covid patient discharge rules  Listenfacebook
The government has set out its conditions to discharge Covid patients in isolation, as hospitals and other facilities struggle with rising case numbers from the Omicron outbreak. It said the aim was to give hospital priority to urgent cases and make proper use of community isolation facilities, while reducing transmission risk. Robert Kemp reports:
Designated Covid clinics may be expanded  Listenfacebook
The head of the Hospital Authority, Tony Ko, says seven clinics put into service last week to help Covid patients with mild symptoms have been able to meet demand, but could be expanded if the need grows. Frank Yung reports:
Survey shows parents reluctant to inoculate kids  Listenfacebook
The Society of Hospital Pharmacists has called on parents to take the opportunity to have their children vaccinated against Covid-19, after a survey showed widespread reluctance to take a jab. Wendy Wong reports:
Paediatrician highlights safety of Covid vaccines  Listenfacebook
A paediatrician says he hopes the current surge of Covid cases will encourage reluctant parents to change their minds about inoculating their children. Dr Chang Kit helped the Society of Hospital Pharmacists conduct its survey, which found that only a quarter of parents wanted to get their children inoculated. He told Wendy Wong he acknowledged concerns about vaccine side effects, but said it was safe:
John Lee calls for unity in fight against Covid  Listenfacebook
The Chief Secretary John Lee says he's confident Hong Kong can contain the virus and achieve zero-Covid infections with the support of the central government. Wendy Wong reports:
Warning over impact of Covid on sex drive  Listenfacebook
Research by the University of Hong Kong indicates that Covid-19 can damage testicles and lead to low sex drive and reduced fertility. Jimmy Choi reports:
Concern over homeless Covid positive helpers  Listenfacebook
A support group for migrant workers has urged the government to take responsibility for foreign domestic helpers who contract Covid-19, amid reports that some of the women had been fired and turned out of their homes after positive tests. Frank Yung reports:
Low-income families struggle to get Covid tests  Listenfacebook
A group of low-income families have spoken of their plight after members of their households came down with Covid-19, with many complaining about a lack of support from the government and long delays in getting Covid tests done. Jimmy Choi reports:
Washington 'tense' as Russia extends military drills  Listenfacebook
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his ally, Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko, have extended military drills which were due to end on Sunday. A statement cited the "deterioration of the situation" in east Ukraine as one reason for keeping an estimated 30,000 Russian troops in Belarus. The move will add to fears from western allies that Russia is seeking a pretext to invade Ukraine. RTHK’s Washington correspondent Barry Wood told Samantha Butler that the US believed a decision had already been made in Russia: