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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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Optimism that Omicron outbreak is stabilising  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong has recorded more than 30,000 new Covid infections and 160 deaths. But the figure doesn't include the bulk of new cases reported to the authorities via a new website, designed for people who self-test positive through rapid home tests. Authorities said most users on the online platform didn't give enough information, so their cases have not yet been added to the official tally. Despite that, health authorities say there are signs the outbreak is stabilising, as Violet Wong reports:
Covid cases may reach 'reasonable' level by mid-April  Listenfacebook
Computer modelling from the University of Hong Kong shows between 1.5 to two million people have been infected with Covid-19. Karen Grepin from HKU's School of Public Health said there were promising signs that the fifth wave had peaked and cases should come down to a 'reasonable' level by mid-April. But Grepin told Vicky Wong that not much could be done to drive down the number of Covid deaths:
Hair salons to reopen; other measures extended  Listenfacebook
Hair salons can reopen for business from Thursday. The government's announcement on Tuesday caught even the industry by surprise. But other social distancing measures will be extended until at least March 23, as Violet Wong reports:
Visiting mainland official pushes 'dynamic zero' goal  Listenfacebook
A senior mainland health official who’s been helping Hong Kong in the fight against Covid-19 says the city should make it its top priority to bring down the number of infections, severe cases and deaths. Liang Wannian says he believes the dynamic zero infection goal can be achieved in phases. Frances Sit reports:
Retailers pessimistic over e-vouchers  Listenfacebook
The head of the Retail Management Association says she doubts if a new round of consumption vouchers will help local shops that much. The financial chief has promised the first batch of e-vouchers totalling around $5,000 will soon be issued. Damon Pang reports:
Slaughterhouse resumes operations  Listenfacebook
Supplies of fresh pork should soon stabilise after the Sheung Shui Slaughterhouse reopened for business on Tuesday. The abattoir had been closed since February 26 after many of its workers came down with Covid-19. Frank Yung reports:
Call for children to have spending vouchers  Listenfacebook
A charity dedicated to helping low-income families says children should also be eligible for the $10,000 spending vouchers to be distributed by the government. People Service Centre said many of these families found it difficult to fund their daily living expenses during the pandemic. A social worker with the group, Kenny Chiu, said they often couldn't afford extra spending for anti-epidemic supplies and their children’s online learning. He spoke to Wendy Wong:
Pandemic sees sex abuse victims delay seeking help  Listenfacebook
An NGO dedicated to helping victims of sexual abuse has called on the government to devote more resources to providing long-term help for those who've suffered such abuse. RainLily, which made the request, says it's been receiving more calls for help during the pandemic. Senior research officer, Albert Yau, spoke to Janice Wong:
More changes expected to HK's electoral system  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong’s sole representative on China's top legislative body says there are plans to make further changes to the SAR’s electoral system, in the work report of the Chairman of the National People’s Congress, Li Zhanshu. But Tam Yiu-chung said no details had so far been provided, as Jimmy Choi reports:
City Hall celebrates 60th anniversary  Listenfacebook
This month marks 60 years since the opening of Hong Kong City Hall - the first multi-purpose cultural complex built for the community. Annemarie Evans takes a look at how City Hall started out: