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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 cases rise as Jilin outbreak spreads  Listenfacebook
The Covid-19 situation across the border has worsened, with the number of local infections more than doubling. Jilin province is hardest-hit, and officials there say the situation remains “severe and complicated”. Frank Yung reports:
China's Zero-Covid policy reinforced  Listenfacebook
China's zero-Covid policy has saved precious lives and allowed economic and social life to recover in a short period of time. That comes from a state media commentary, which argues that Beijing's policy is necessary to avoid "severe consequences in the future". Kenny Hodgart reports:
New system to help self-isolating patients  Listenfacebook
The number of new coronavirus cases and deaths in Hong Kong held relatively steady on Tuesday, as a new system came on-line for self-isolating patients to report any symptoms and receive health advice. The Hospital Authority also announced that mainland medics, who are here to fight the pandemic, would begin work within days. Frances Sit reports:
Public doctors welcome mainland help  Listenfacebook
The head of the Hong Kong Public Doctors' Association,Tony Ling, says mainland medical workers operating in the SAR shouldn't be making medical decisions on their own. Ling says from what he understands, the mainland medics should be deferring decisions to their local counterparts. He spoke to Damon Pang:
Oral antiviral described as 'game changer'  Listenfacebook
The Hospital Authority says an oral antiviral that's just arrived in Hong Kong could be a game changer in the battle to lower the death rate among elderly Covid patients. The Pfizer pills will be given to high-risk patients with mild symptoms at elderly care homes, public hospitals and designated clinics, starting from Wednesday. Maggie Ho reports:
Cowling: Not yet time to relax epidemic controls  Listenfacebook
A top epidemiologist says despite the declining number of new coronavirus cases being recorded in Hong Kong, it's still not time to relax social distancing measures. Professor Benjamin Cowling from the University of Hong Kong's School of Public Health noted more people had been seen going out in the city, which could slow the declining trend. But he also said there were many recovered Covid patients in the population who would unlikely be re-infected. Cowling told Vicky Wong that the new antiviral pill in Hong Kong could substantially reduce severe cases, if given early enough:
Private hospitals pledge 1,000 beds for public patients  Listenfacebook
Private hospitals have made a thousand beds available for patients transferred from public hospitals, as part of the fight against Covid-19. Natale Ching reports:
Warning over toxic stress relievers  Listenfacebook
The Consumer Council has warned that the vast majority of stress-relieving toys for children it recently tested contain chemicals that can cause cancer. Most of them also failed to meet other safety standards, as Timmy Sung reports:
Wang Yi concerned over escalating sanctions on Russia  Listenfacebook
Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi has said that escalating sanctions imposed by the United States and Europe against Russia have worsened the difficulties facing a sluggish global economic recovery. Aaron Tam reports:
HSI expected to rally at open  Listenfacebook
A broad nationwide sell-off on fears that rising Covid numbers will disrupt business activity in China has seen shares here plunge more than 10 percent so far this week. The Hang Seng Index tumbled nearly six percent - or more than 1,100 points on Tuesday - to 18,415, an almost six-year-low. Shares in Shanghai fell five percent, while the Shenzhen Composite Index lost 4.6 percent. Independent investment strategist, Norman Chan, told Annemarie Evans that China stocks, particularly tech chips have been caught up in the perfect storm:
Omicron surge weighs on mainland economy  Listenfacebook
Key economic indicators on the mainland exceeded analysts’ expectations in the first two months of the year, but a surge in Omicron cases and global uncertainties are weighing on the nation's outlook. Natalie Ching reports:
Police account of HK's Vietnamese refugees  Listenfacebook
In the years that followed the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, boats began to arrive in Hong Kong of Vietnamese who'd fled their homes and crossed the South China Sea. The first vessels were sampans, junks and river craft. But the arrival in Hong Kong waters In December 1978 of the Huey Fong, a rusty freighter carrying more than 3,000 refugees, heralded the beginning of the people-smuggling era. The accounts of these Vietnamese, and the Marine Police who handled the influx and often saved people from sinking craft, are the subject of a recent Hong Kong book. RTHK’s Annemarie Evans spoke to John Turner, who in 1975 was sent out to board the Huey Fong: