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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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Baby dies after contracting Covid  Listenfacebook
An 11-month-old baby has died after she was infected with Covid-19. She was among a number of fatalities announced by health authorities on Monday, and the youngest in Hong Kong so far. They also announced yet another fresh high in the daily infection figures, as Jimmy Choi reports:
Private hospitals to ease burden on public system  Listenfacebook
Private hospitals are poised to start dealing with a variety of non-Covid patients, who will still pay public hospital rates. It's to help ease the pressure on public healthcare. Violet Wong reports:
Authorities demonstrate vaccine pass system  Listenfacebook
The government says people won't have to produce their inoculation records every time they enter shopping malls, supermarkets and department stores under the vaccine pass system. But they will need to produce them if asked by law enforcement officers. The scheme takes effect from Thursday. Damon Pang reports:
New restaurant app will help track Covid patients  Listenfacebook
An IT expert says the government has struck the right balance between addressing privacy and public health concerns, when the vaccine pass scheme is rolled out from Thursday. Francis Fong, the honorary president of Hong Kong Information Technology Federation, says the government hasn't imposed location-tracking or real-name registration on its LeaveHomeSafe app. He told Janice Wong that tracking of Covid cases would be done through a separate app used by restaurants:
NPC deputy criticises HK's pandemic response  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's sole deputy to the nation's top legislative body says the SAR government was not prepared for the latest wave of Covid infections. Tam Yiu-chung also said anti-pandemic measures had caused confusion and had failed to meet people's needs. Kelly Yu reports:
Mainland experts tour HK pandemic facilities  Listenfacebook
Government adviser, David Hui, says mainland experts have offered constructive advice on how Hong Kong can better support Covid patients and improve communication with the public. But he said it would depend on the level of resources as to whether their suggestions could be put into practice. Hui was speaking to reporters after accompanying the four experts on an inspection tour of the Prince of Wales Hospital. Timmy Sung reports:
Mainland Covid supplies handed to most needy  Listenfacebook
The government says supplies now arriving from the mainland, to help in Hong Kong's pandemic battle, will be directed to those most in need. Jimmy Choi reports:
Boost to transport ferrying mild Covid patients  Listenfacebook
About 200 buses and green minibuses have started ferrying Covid patients with mild or no symptoms to quarantine facilities. The service started on Monday morning. 300 dedicated taxis have been moving Covid patients around Hong Kong since Friday to ease the burden on ambulances. Transport-sector lawmaker, Frankie Yick, told Vanessa Cheng that drivers were ready to help:
Covid positive helpers afraid to seek help  Listenfacebook
A coalition of migrant workers groups says many foreign domestic helpers are afraid to seek help from authorities if they contract Covid, as they're afraid of losing their jobs. It comes after reports that some workers were sacked after testing positive, and were even left homeless. Sringatin, a spokesperson for the Asian Migrants’ Coordinating Body, appealed to the authorities to provide more support for helpers who test positive. She spoke to Vicky Wong:
Cat abuser handed community service  Listenfacebook
A woman who put her cat into a running washing machine and then uploaded a video of it on to social media has been sentenced to 80 hours of community service. She was convicted of animal cruelty. Wendy Wong reports:
Inner Mongolia, latest mainland Covid hotspot  Listenfacebook
The National Health Commission has reported 71 new locally-transmitted Covid-19 cases, down from just over 100 on Sunday. Mike Weeks reports:
After two years, Australia opens borders  Listenfacebook
International tourists have started arriving in Australia with few restrictions for the first time in almost two years. Starting Monday, the government lifted some of the most draconian pandemic measures of any democracy in the world. The country is relying on high Covid-19 vaccination rates to live with the pandemic as infections decline. RTHK's Australia correspondent Gerry Gannon told Janice Wong that all arrivals must be vaccinated: