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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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Officials optimistic Omicron peak has passed  Listenfacebook
Health officials have expressed optimism that the peak of the Omicron outbreak may have passed in Hong Kong. On Thursday, there were more than 31,000 new cases - a steep drop from the day before. Violet Wong reports:
Visiting expert says better triage can lower death rate  Listenfacebook
A visiting senior mainland health official says it’s good news that coronavirus infections are reaching a plateau. Liang Wannian said Hong Kong could quickly shift to a declining trend depending on what infection-control measures it took up. Wendy Wong reports:
Closed-loop for carers 'not mandatory'  Listenfacebook
Labour minister Law Chi-kwong says it's not mandatory for care home staff to live away from their families in order to be allowed to go to work. He was speaking about the so-called closed-loop scheme that was announced for carers this week to try to reduce Covid infections in nursing homes. Natale Ching reports:
Lawmaker questions effectiveness of 'closed-loop'  Listenfacebook
Social-welfare lawmaker, Tik Chi-yuen, says a closed-loop system to prevent Covid infections in nursing homes needs to have 100 percent participation from residents and staff, otherwise it's "meaningless". Tik told Vicky Wong that it wouldn't be an easy system to arrange, and there were other options to protect elderly residents, such as vaccination:
Flight ban maintained to prevent imported cases  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive says now is not the right time to lift bans on passenger flights from a number of countries due to the Covid pandemic. But during her new daily Covid briefing, Carrie Lam said the government had plans and a pathway to reopen Hong Kong. Todd Harding reports:
CE defends first-ever emergency alert  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive and her health chief have defended the government's move to send an emergency alert to people's mobile phones on Wednesday night, saying it was vital to ensure everyone knew that Queen Elizabeth Hospital had been designated as a Covid facility. That news had been announced earlier in the day in Carrie Lam's first daily Covid briefing. Wendy Wong reports:
Helper quarantine hotels re-deployed  Listenfacebook
A group representing employers of foreign helpers says it's troublesome to find affordable quarantine hotels for them. Betty Yung, chairperson of the Hong Kong Employers of Domestic Helpers Association, was commenting after the government redeployed for other anti-epidemic purposes two hotels that were set aside for helpers. Yung told Janice Wong that even though employers could now choose from any of the 44 designated quarantine hotels, it may be difficult to find budget options:
Murder plotter jailed for 27 years  Listenfacebook
A man behind a failed murder plot has been sentenced to 27 years in prison. Stephen So was earlier found guilty by a High Court jury of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to possess firearms and ammunition without a licence. Frank Yung reports:
MTRC back in the black  Listenfacebook
The MTR Corporation returned to the black last year, thanks largely to stronger passenger numbers and a surge in profit from property projects. But it also says business this year will inevitably be affected by the fifth wave of the pandemic. Frank Yung reports:
Yoon Suk-yeol wins South Korea's presidential election  Listenfacebook
South Korea's president-elect, Yoon Suk-yeol, has been thanking his supporters following his victory in one of the tightest elections in the country's recent history. The conservative opposition leader beat the governing Democratic Party candidate, Lee Jae-myung, by less than one percentage point. Yoon, a conservative political novice accused of misogynist tendencies, is expected to adopt a more hardline policy towards North Korea. 77 percent of voters turned out to cast their ballot in the elections. Annemarie Evans asked RTHK's correspondent in Seoul, Frank Smith, for his view of the result: