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


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Officials vow to probe HK's high Covid death rate  Listenfacebook
Health authorities have reported more than 13,000 new Covid-19 infections, along with just over 200 fatalities. As Damon Pang reports, officials say they will look into the deaths in greater detail to figure out why Hong Kong has such a high Covid-related death toll:
Plans considered for Covid-hit pupils to sit exams  Listenfacebook
Education Secretary Kevin Yeung says officials are trying to work out a set of special arrangements for students who are close contacts of Covid patients, so they can take the upcoming Diploma of Secondary Education, or DSE exams, in a safe manner. Frances Sit reports:
Nearly 100,000 sign up for jobless subsidy  Listenfacebook
Just a day after applications opened on Wednesday, the government said close to 100,000 people signed up for its unemployment subsidy. The one-off payment is available to people who work for businesses that have been shut down under the social distancing measures brought in to try to control the Omicron-driven surge in infections. Jimmy Choi reports:
Social enterprises near collapse amid fifth wave  Listenfacebook
The government has been urged to provide rent and wage subsidies for social enterprises that employ the disabled and other disadvantaged groups so they can stay afloat amid the fifth wave of Covid infections. A group representing them said many of its members have seen sales slashed during the pandemic. The chairman of the Hong Kong Chamber of Social Enterprises, Andy Ng, told Joanne Wong that some of its members only have enough cash now for a few more months and are at risk of closing down:
Mainland expert warns of lengthy Covid fight  Listenfacebook
A mainland infectious disease expert says allowing people to live a normal life during the Covid-19 pandemic is just as important a task as achieving the “dynamic zero” target. Frank Yung reports:
Macau eases quarantine for arrivals  Listenfacebook
Officials in Macau say the quarantine period for inbound travellers will be shortened from 21 to 14 days from Monday, bringing it into line with visitors from Hong Kong. Todd Harding reports:
HK maintains ranking in finance index  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong has maintained third spot in the latest Global Financial Centres Index, which is published twice yearly. The rankings are based on a host of factors, including data sets from the World Bank, the OECD, the United Nations and the Economist Intelligence Unit. Kenny Hodgart reports:
Last minute rush for subsidised flats  Listenfacebook
Aspiring homeowners have rushed to submit last-minute applications for Home Ownership Scheme flats ahead of Thursday's deadline for the latest batch of subsidised housing. The latest figures supplied by the Housing Authority on Thursday night showed it received some 220,000 applications. Timmy Sung reports:
'Grassroots need affordable rental housing, not HOS flats'  Listenfacebook
A housing rights group says the government needs to keep ramping up its supply of affordable rental housing for Hong Kong's grassroots population. Kenny Ng from the Concerning Grassroot Housing Rights Alliance told Janice Wong that even subsidised homes under the HOS programme were far out of reach for most grassroots people:
Streamlined sports group for the physically disabled  Listenfacebook
The head of the new Hong Kong Sports Association for the Physically Disabled says the organisation is looking to broaden more grassroots participation in para-sports, and will be reaching out to schools to encourage more kids to take part. John Leung was speaking after The Hong Kong Paralympic Committee & Sports Association for the Physically Disabled announced that it would be splitting into two entities from April 1. Leung explained the rationale behind the split to RTHK's Samantha Butler:
Search continues for second black box  Listenfacebook
Recovery crews are still searching for a second black box from the China Eastern Airlines passenger plane that plunged into a mountainside in Guangxi with 132 people on board on Monday. As Damon Pang reports, they have found larger pieces of debris, as well as more human remains, and personal belongings:
Putin 'cannot afford to fail'  Listenfacebook
In the month since Russia launched its multi-pronged attack on Ukraine, thousands of people have been killed, cities destroyed and millions displaced as refugees. But Russia's armed forces continue to encounter strong Ukrainian resistance, and there seems to be no end in sight to the conflict. Ben Tse asked Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University, for his assessment of the war one month on, and how it might play out going forward: