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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

2022-03-31
Thursday

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UK judges withdraw from HK's top court  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam has expressed regret and disappointment at the resignation of two British judges from Hong Kong's highest court. She also says the government vehemently refutes unfounded allegations that their departure has to do with the introduction of the national security law, and freedom of speech and politics in Hong Kong. Joanne Wong reports:
Councillor labels withdrawal a 'devious' attack on judiciary  Listenfacebook
Executive councillor and barrister, Ronny Tong, has called the decision by two British judges to quit the Court of Final Appeal "a devious attack" on the integrity of Hong Kong's judiciary. He told Joanne Wong the move was "hugely regrettable", but that time would prove it would not affect the SAR's judicial independence:
Legal groups express regret over departure  Listenfacebook
Both the Bar Association and the Law Society have expressed regret over the departure of the two British judges. Law Society president, Chan Chak-ming, appealed to Robert Reed and Patrick Hodge to reverse their decision. In a statement, Chan said the move fell short of "the general support among the members of the public and the legal community in Hong Kong for the participation of overseas judges in the work of the Court of Final Appeal". The chairman of the Bar Association, Victor Dawes, called on all remaining foreign judges at the top court to continue serving the people of Hong Kong. He noted that the president of the UK Supreme Court had praised the city's courts. Dawes spoke to Joanne Wong:
CE: Exodus is no gauge of confidence  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam says the number of people settling in, or leaving Hong Kong is not an accurate gauge of the level of confidence they have in the city as an international centre of business and commerce. But she said it was important to now try to maintain the SAR’s traditional advantages and global status, and hopefully its allure to foreign investors. Frank Yung reports:
Covid numbers drop below 7,000  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong’s daily Covid caseload has dropped below 7,000 for the first time in five weeks. But as Violet Wong reports, health officials warn that many people in the community are still at risk of being infected:
Call to boost use of TCM as Covid treatment  Listenfacebook
A local Chinese medicine expert says he hopes mainland specialists visiting Hong Kong can share their experience on how Traditional Chinese Medicine can be integrated with Western drugs to better treat Covid-19. The chair of the Registered Chinese Medicine Practitioners Association was speaking to RTHK about the seven mainland Chinese medicine experts who are in town to help in the battle against the pandemic. Frances Sit reports:
Allergy sufferers urged to get Covid jabs  Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Allergy Association has urged people with allergies not to fear taking Covid vaccines, pointing out that studies show the jabs are safe for them. The association recently interviewed about 180 of its members and found most of them had received at least one dose of the vaccine, while one-third had been triple-jabbed. Philip Li, a specialist in immunology and allergies at the University of Hong Kong, told Joanne Wong that misconceptions had led to vaccine hesitancy among allergy sufferers:
Majority of asthmatics undiagnosed  Listenfacebook
An asthma patients’ concern group is calling on the government to provide better support and treatment for those suffering from the ailment. The Hong Kong Asthma Management Concern Group said a study suggested more than 330,000 people in Hong Kong had asthma, but only around 20 percent had been diagnosed with the condition. It said the Covid pandemic made it more difficult for patients to have regular check-ups at outpatient clinics. Dr Angus Lo, a specialist in respiratory medicine and a member of the concern group, also told Vicky Wong that outpatient pharmacies did not stock the best medication for the illness:
Vaccine mandate legal challenge thrown out  Listenfacebook
The High Court has refused to hear a legal challenge against the government’s vaccine mandate. The court ruled that the policy was reasonable, given the higher risk for unvaccinated people to contract Covid-19 at crowded places. Wendy Wong reports:
Residency requirements eased for police recruits  Listenfacebook
The police will be relaxing residency requirements for new recruits to help tackle a manpower shortage. Applicants will no longer have to have lived in Hong Kong for at least seven years, as long as they have permanent resident status. Wendy Wong reports:
Beijing and Moscow pledge to strengthen ties  Listenfacebook
Beijing and Moscow have pledged to strengthen bilateral ties, during a meeting held between Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. Aaron Tam reports:
Locked-down Shanghai finds hundreds of Covid cases  Listenfacebook
New Covid infections reported in Shanghai have jumped by more than 1,500 from Tuesday to a new daily high of 5,982, as the impact of half the city being locked down for mass testing starts to feed through. The vast majority of cases are asymptomatic, prompting state media to explain why. Damon Pang reports:
Omicron pushes South Korea Covid cases to record high  Listenfacebook
South Korea reported more than 424,000 new Covid cases on Tuesday, raising the total number of infections there to date to about 12.7 million. The massive surge in cases is being driven by Omicron infections in the greater Seoul metropolitan area, which includes Incheon. RTHK's Seoul correspondent Frank Smith told Janice Wong that the government was caught in a difficult position: