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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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Unjabbed elderly, 21 times more likely to die  Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong College of Physicians is warning that another wave of Covid infections could prove as deadly as the current Omicron-driven outbreak for people over 60, if vaccine uptake in this age group is still low at the time. The group's president, Philip Li, says unvaccinated elderly people are 21 times more likely to die from the Omicron strain than those who have been jabbed, but some 350,000 people over 60 have not yet had a dose. He spoke to Frank Yung about his concerns:
Adviser calls for faster easing of measures  Listenfacebook
Government vaccine adviser, Ivan Hung, says authorities can consider bringing forward the next relaxation of social distancing measures because much of the population has already acquired natural immunity against Covid-19. Damon Pang reports:
Hong Kong travel restrictions 'unjustified'  Listenfacebook
Epidemiologist, Benjamin Cowling, says he sees no justification for Hong Kong to maintain travel restrictions on arrivals. From Sunday, non-Hong Kong residents can fly into the city as long as they are vaccinated and have a negative PCR test. The flight suspension rule will also be eased - meaning flights will be banned for five days if they bring in five or more infected passengers, or five percent of the flight. Professor Cowling from the University of Hong Kong's School of Public Health, says despite these rules, new variants will still find their way in to the community. He started by telling Janice Wong that he expected a rebound in Covid cases with children returning to school and businesses reopening:
Shanghai Covid death toll triples  Listenfacebook
Shanghai authorities say its Covid death toll on Saturday more than tripled from the day before. Aaron Tam reports:
CE hopeful pledges to speed up new home builds  Listenfacebook
Chief executive election candidate, John Lee, says if he gets the city's top job, he will work on speeding up the construction of new homes. He also says he is aiming to complete his election platform within the coming week. Frank Yung reports:
National security education 'insufficient'  Listenfacebook
Former security chief Lai Tung-kwok has called for the introduction of a new post of "national security education commissioner". He is warning that the public do not know enough about the issue and that Hong Kong's once-a-year National Security Education Day is far from sufficient. Timmy Sung reports:
Man arrested over Sha Tin block fire  Listenfacebook
Police have arrested a man on suspicion of arson and possessing offensive weapons, after a fire in a Sha Tin housing block on Saturday night put several people in hospital. Todd Harding reports:
HK to see mild recovery in second quarter  Listenfacebook
Financial chief Paul Chan has warned that it may take some time before the city's jobless rate begins to go back down again. This comes as the latest unemployment figure climbed to five percent - the highest level in nine months. Frank Yung reports:
Macron wins historic second term  Listenfacebook
President Emmanuel Macron of France has won a convincing victory over his far-right challenger, Marine Le Pen. Macron is the first French president to be re-elected in 20 years, taking more than 57 percent of the vote. But RTHK’s Europe correspondent Gavin Grey told Samantha Butler that Macron now faces a challenging time to try and win over those who did not vote for him:
G20 'not functioning' with Russia at the table  Listenfacebook
Discord over Russia's presence at G20 meetings has been on display all last week. The G20 sessions coincided with the annual meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Officials from the US, Canada, Britain and other Western countries staged walkouts three days in a row whenever Russian officials spoke. Canada's finance minister says the Group of 20 major economies cannot effectively function as long as Russia remains a member. RTHK’s US economics correspondent Barry Wood told Samantha Butler that despite these protests, it was unlikely Russia would be booted out of the group: