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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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Surge in Covid cases expected  Listenfacebook
For the first time since late last month, the number of new Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong fell below 30,000 on Monday. But Tuesday's figure is likely to be ten times that amount, as a new reporting platform for those who test positive via rapid antigen tests attracted tens of thousands of users within hours of its launch. Natale Ching reports:
Online reporting platform running ‘smoothly’  Listenfacebook
An IT expert says the online reporting platform for people who self-test positive appears to be running smoothly since its launch on Monday. Francis Fong, the honorary president of the Hong Kong Information Technology Federation, told Janice Wong that it took only around five to 10 minutes to log on, and fill out information to report your positive result:
Hotline helps patients transfer to isolation  Listenfacebook
The new online Covid reporting system is different from a hotline that was set up on Monday morning by the Fire Services Department. It's aimed at letting Covid-positive patients, with an urgent need to go into isolation, to get directly in touch with the authorities to make necessary arrangements. The FSD says there's been a strong response already, as Frances Sit reports:
Omicron may have peaked, but deaths lag  Listenfacebook
Respiratory medicine specialist, Leung Chi-chiu, says although the CHP infection figure does not include those who've tested positive via rapid tests, the decreasing trend shows the Omicron outbreak might have reached its peak. He said mandatory mass testing at some public housing blocks also showed the curve had been flattened. He spoke to Wendy Wong:
Public transport to be reduced during citywide testing  Listenfacebook
Transport chief Frank Chan says public transport won’t be shut down completely during the upcoming citywide Covid testing exercise. But he says frequency will be reduced. Jimmy Choi reports:
Private hospitals urged to help in Covid fight  Listenfacebook
A Hong Kong deputy to the National People’s Congress has quoted Vice Premier Han Zheng as saying he hopes it’s “fake news” that some private hospitals here are refusing to treat Covid-19 patients. Brave Chan - the vice-chairman of the DAB - met the state leader in charge of Hong Kong affairs with other local NPC delegates in Beijing on Monday. Frances Sit reports:
$5,000 e-vouchers expected 'soon'  Listenfacebook
Despite the worsening pandemic, the government still aims to distribute the first batch of consumption vouchers worth $5,000 to more than six million eligible residents next month. The reassurance came from the Financial Secretary, Paul Chan, although he would only say that it would be done as soon as possible. Natale Ching reports:
No reduction in sexual violence against women   Listenfacebook
Researchers say the prevalence of sexual violence against women in Hong Kong has not improved in the past decade. Their latest survey highlighted how serious the issue is, with 37 percent of respondents saying they had experienced sexual violence in their lives. Over a quarter of 1,044 women aged from 15 to 64 - that Lingnan University's Department of Sociology and Social Policy spoke to last year - said they had experienced violence inflicted by their intimate partners. This ranged from sexual assault to verbal abuse, and occurred at home, in schools and on public transport. Lead researcher, Professor Annie Chan, spoke to Jimmy Choi: