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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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CE suggests Covid death rate may be readjusted  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam says ongoing lockdown and Covid screening operations are a good preparation for universal testing. She also suggested Hong Kong's extremely high mortality rate from the coronavirus could be lower than official records suggest, as Damon Pang reports:
New coronavirus cases drop below 8,000  Listenfacebook
The number of new Covid cases in Hong Kong has dropped below 8,000 - the third day in a row the tally has stayed below 10,000. Natale Ching reports:
Tourist rep wants further easing of flight suspensions  Listenfacebook
Tourism industry lawmaker, Perry Yiu, says the government should further ease its flight-suspension mechanism to encourage airlines to add more flights. He's calling for such bans to be triggered only after a tenth of all passengers on an incoming flight test positive for Covid-19. The current threshold is three infected passengers. Frances Sit reports:
Strict rules driving cross-border truckers out of work  Listenfacebook
A truck drivers’ union has urged mainland and SAR authorities to relax epidemic control measures on the delivery of goods across the border, saying the current rules have put most cross-border truck drivers out of work. The controls mean Hong Kong drivers can only pick up or drop off goods at designated connection points. Vanessa Cheng reports:
Cross-border deliveries shifting to air and sea freight  Listenfacebook
A logistics expert says Covid rules on cross-border truck drivers could lead to increased costs and delays in deliveries. Collin Wong from the Hang Seng University's department of Supply Chain and Information Management, told Janice Wong that many shipments were now being sent by air or sea to cross the mainland border:
Call for counselling services for isolated Covid kids  Listenfacebook
A lawmaker is calling on the government to issue guidelines to ensure children infected with Covid are not separated from their parents or caregivers. Stephen Wong said the prospect of families being separated had hurt Hong Kong’s reputation. He called on authorities to disclose how many children had been admitted to hospital during the fifth wave, and how many of these had been separated from their caregivers. He spoke to Vicky Wong:
Two-stage lockdown and testing begins in Shanghai  Listenfacebook
A two-stage lockdown and testing operation has started in Shanghai, to try to head off an Omicron-driven surge in Covid cases among the city's 26 million residents. Health authorities confirmed 3,500 new infections on Monday, up from 2,678 on Sunday, the vast majority of them asymptomatic. The first stage of the city-wide testing operation was launched on Monday, with the area of Shanghai east of the Huangpu River - which includes the Pudong financial district - locked down until the start of next month. Areas west of the river, known as Puxi, will be locked down from Friday until April 5. Chan is a Hong Kong resident who lives in the Changning District of Puxi. Ben Tse asked her what arrangements had been made for residents of her district:
Mainland lockdowns to hit economic growth  Listenfacebook
An economist says he believes the nine-day, two-stage lockdown of Shanghai will have a significant impact on China’s GDP, as well as global supply chains and business confidence. Tommy Wu from Oxford Economics says he believes the measure, along with recent lockdowns in Shenzhen and other parts of the country, will cut growth on the mainland by half to one percent in the first quarter. He told Jimmy Choi the decision to shut down Shanghai means mainland authorities are likely to impose full-scale lockdowns elsewhere in future:
Cathay to resume cadet pilot training  Listenfacebook
Cathay Pacific is resuming its cadet pilot training programme for the first time after a two-year suspension. It is looking to recruit and train more than 800 local cadet pilots by 2025. Natale Ching reports:
HK's export growth slows  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong’s export growth has slowed and the government has warned of the impact of the conflict in Ukraine. Aaron Tam reports:
Rail firm urged to bring back 20% rebate  Listenfacebook
Roundtable lawmaker Michael Tien believes the MTR Corporation is not doing enough for Hong Kong people, even after it announced that it wouldn't raise ticket prices this year, while extending its current 3.8-percent fare rebate to the beginning of next year. The rail operator says the rebate, along with other fare concessions and promotions, will cost it $2.8 billion. But Tien told Frank Yung that the MTRC should, given its financial outlook, bring back a 20-percent fare rebate that ended the year before: