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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
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RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Presenter:
Janice Wong and Vicky Wong

2022-03-23
Wednesday

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Covid caseload hovers around 14,000  Listenfacebook
For the third day in a row, Hong Kong reported around 14,000 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday. Meanwhile, there has been a slight increase in the Covid-related death rate. Jimmy Choi reports:
Reported cases exempt from testing  Listenfacebook
The government says the LeaveHomeSafe app will again notify users if they are under compulsory testing orders. It comes after improvements were made to the city's testing capabilities. People who have reported their positive infections over the past three months will be exempt from testing. Frank Yung reports:
No further easing of measures expected  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Health, Sophia Chan, says the government is not likely to scale back any more social distancing measures for the next month. She also said the shelved universal testing plan could be brought back later if required. Frances Sit reports:
Visiting expert backs testing U-turn  Listenfacebook
A senior mainland health official is backing Hong Kong's decision to suspend plans to test all residents for Covid-19, saying it was made in accordance with the city's latest pandemic situation. Liang Wannian from the National Health Commission says putting the plan on hold did not mean the SAR was relaxed about the coronavirus outbreak or was "lying flat". Frank Yung reports:
HKU: HK must decide on its Covid strategy  Listenfacebook
Researchers from the University of Hong Kong say the SAR is at a crossroads over whether to keep its dynamic clearance strategy against Covid-19 or start treating it as an endemic disease. Damon Pang reports:
IT sector warns of tech brain-drain  Listenfacebook
Representatives of the innovation and technology sector have urged the government to take immediate steps to attract and retain talent because an ongoing brain drain could be hard to reverse. Five groups - including the Technology Incubation Network and Cyberport Startup Alumni Association - say border closures and logistical disruptions have led to stalls in production, difficulty in raising capital, and staff losses. IT-sector lawmaker, Duncan Chiu,, told Janice Wong, that the brain drain was serious:
Group concerned over school vaccine pass  Listenfacebook
The government is said to be considering a 90-percent vaccination requirement for students before they can head back to the classroom for face-to-face lessons. But an education policy concern group has expressed reservations. Joanne Wong reports:
Lawmakers to question policy U-turns  Listenfacebook
Lawmakers will have a chance on Wednesday to put any questions they have about the government's plans for opening up straight to the Chief Executive, Carrie Lam. She will be holding a virtual question-and-answer session during the Legislative Council meeting. Third Side lawmaker, Tik Chi-yuen, wants more details about how exactly the authorities plan to open up Hong Kong, without also opening up the city to a new wave of infections. He spoke to Jimmy Choi:
Martial arts group probed for sedition  Listenfacebook
Police say they are going to investigate all students who took part in martial arts classes taught by a man who has been detained on suspicion of acting with seditious intent. Timmy Sung reports:
Subdivided tenants unhappy with new law  Listenfacebook
A group representing people who live in subdivided flats says a new law aimed at protecting tenants has not been effective. The law is supposed to limit rent increases and prevent landlords from overcharging for utilities. But Kenny Ng, a social worker from an alliance of subdivided flat tenants, says authorities refused to act on complaints about costly water and power bills. He also told RTHK's Violet Wong that officials were not able to give clear answers on the effective date of the legislation:
No survivors found at jet crash site  Listenfacebook
Mainland officials looking into the nation's worst air disaster in a decade say they have not yet been able to locate any survivors from the crash site of a China Eastern Airlines passenger jet in Guangxi. At a media briefing on Tuesday night, investigators also highlighted the difficulty of trying to find out what went wrong, as Aaron Tam reports:
Wang Yi addresses Islamic leaders  Listenfacebook
Foreign minister Wang Yi says Beijing will encourage Russia and Ukraine to continue peace talks to reach a ceasefire. Aaron Tam reports: