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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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Covid caseload inflated by self-reported figures  Listenfacebook
Health authorities have reported a record 195 Covid-related deaths and over 58,000 new cases. The number was inflated by a flurry of cases reported through a new online platform for those who self-test positive. Natale Ching reports:
CE says mass testing not a ‘priority’  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive says the government is still planning the details of a compulsory mass testing exercise, but she confirmed it's not a priority for now. Carrie Lam was speaking to the media on Wednesday in what she said was the start of daily briefings she planned to give for the foreseeable future. Wendy Wong reports:
Elderly care staff to live in closed-loop system  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam has announced that workers at elderly homes will start living in a closed-loop system to try to prevent infections. She also unveiled plans to create more hospital space for serious Covid-19 cases. Frances Sit reports:
Fears over resignations among care home staff  Listenfacebook
A geriatrician says she hopes elderly care home staff won't resign when the government introduces its closed-loop system to protect residents from Covid-19. The plan was announced on Wednesday for the staff to live in hotels. Jean Woo from the Faculty of Medicine at the Chinese University questioned the effectiveness of the closed-loop, saying many nursing homes were already infected with Covid, while the residents themselves had to leave the homes to attend medical appointments. She spoke to Vicky Wong:
Expert cites need to streamline care at emergency wards  Listenfacebook
A clinical virologist from the University of Hong Kong, Siddharth Sridhar, says it makes sense to convert healthcare facilities to treat Covid, but cautioned that the move will affect the care of other patients. He says more can be done to reduce pressure on emergency rooms. He spoke to Frances Sit:
First-ever emergency alert sent to HongKongers  Listenfacebook
The government sent out its first territory-wide emergency alert on Wednesday to announce that Queen Elizabeth Hospital would be designated solely for Covid-19 patients. The alert generated an automatic alarm on people’s mobile devices at around 6pm. It advised non-Covid patients not to go to the hospital, and said its emergency ward would admit only patients with the virus or who were otherwise in a life-threatening condition. This is the first time the government has used the emergency alert since its launch in 2020. Francis Fong, the honorary president of the Hong Kong Information Technology Federation, said he had previously called for important news to be disseminated through this service, although he said he would leave it to the government to explain whether Wednesday's message warranted it. He spoke to Frances Sit:
Consumer watchdog launches approved RAT list  Listenfacebook
The Consumer Council has launched a new search tool for people to look up approved Covid-19 rapid antigen tests. It urged consumers to be cautious when buying these test kits, saying it had received nearly 50 complaints about the kits on a range of issues, including quality and authenticity, since mid-January. The Consumer Council’s Chief Executive, Gilly Wong, also warned people not to stockpile the tests in case they expire. She spoke to Janice Wong:
Covid cases rise in northeast China  Listenfacebook
Locally-contracted cases of Covid-19 are rising in northeast China. The National Health Commission reported another 233 local infections on Wednesday, up from 175 the previous day. Mike Weeks reports: