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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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All residents to undergo Covid testing  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, has announced a compulsory, universal testing programme, under which 7.4 million residents will be screened for Covid-19 three times in March. She said the exercise was aimed at identifying virus carriers in the community in a bid to curb the exponential growth in infections. The summer break will be brought forward, so schools can be used as testing grounds. Mike Weeks reports:
Schools ordered to take early summer break  Listenfacebook
Students in Hong Kong will take an early summer break from next month instead of July, to free up schools for Covid-19 testing, vaccination and isolation purposes. Social-distancing measures are also being extended for at least another two months and may be tightened further. Frank Yung reports:
Mainland expert reinforces 'dynamic zero' approach  Listenfacebook
The mainland's top respiratory diseases expert, Zhong Nanshang, said the country and the SAR would not allow a large number of elderly people to die of Covid-19, and "dynamic zero-Covid" remained the policy goal. Timmy Sung reports:
Expert says citywide testing not enough  Listenfacebook
Infectious diseases expert, Leung Chi-chiu, says citywide testing alone won't be enough to bring the fifth wave of infections under control. He says the government must make sure it can isolate a large number of infected people, something he believes will be challenging. Leung spoke to Jimmy Choi:
Govt urged to confirm self-tested patients  Listenfacebook
The DAB party says people who self-test positive on rapid test kits should immediately be classified as confirmed cases, instead of requiring them to take a PCR test. The party says delays in the official testing process means these people aren't getting treatment, while the virus continues to spread. Francis Sit reports:
DAB party welcomes citywide testing  Listenfacebook
DAB lawmaker Holden Chow says it's the right move for the government to conduct citywide Covid testing of all residents. Chow says the DAB party has long been pushing for such an arrangement to take place. He told Janice Wong he hoped the government could mobilise all its resources and manpower to ensure there were no 'hiccups':
Covid cases and deaths surge  Listenfacebook
The number of confirmed Covid cases in the city continues to surge by the thousands, and the number of deaths is also rising. Health authorities reported a record 32 deaths on Tuesday, along with seven more previously-unreported deaths on Sunday. Wendy Wong reports:
Children may not be exempt from vaccine pass  Listenfacebook
Children under 12 are among the groups that are exempt from the government's new 'vaccine pass' initiative that takes effect from Thursday. But a health official now says that may change in future to help encourage more vaccinations and to better protect the health of children. Violet Wong reports:
Helper quarantine hotels re-assigned  Listenfacebook
Two quarantine hotels designated for foreign domestic helpers arriving in Hong Kong will be converted to house Covid patients from the start of next month. The government says from then on, helpers will observe the same quarantine rules as other inbound travellers. Todd Harding reports:
Residents look for relief in budget blueprint  Listenfacebook
The financial secretary has been urged to offer another round of consumption vouchers in his budget blueprint on Wednesday, to boost the ailing economy battered by the Omicron outbreak. There are calls for Paul Chan to provide other types of relief to individuals and businesses as well. Damon Pang reports:
Western allies sanction Moscow  Listenfacebook
It's been more than a day now since President Putin announced he was recognising two breakaway republics in eastern Ukraine, fuelling fears that Russia might be about to invade its neighbour. Both he and his Ukrainian counterpart have doubled down on their positions, while Western countries have responded with condemnation and sanctions. The Foreign Ministry in Beijing urged all parties to remain calm. A ministry spokesman quoted Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, as saying that the deepening of the Ukraine crisis was closely related to the delay in implementing a new Minsk agreement. RTHK's Moscow correspondent Fred Weir explained the agreement to Annemarie Evans: