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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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Covid-19 now endemic in Hong Kong: David Hui  Listenfacebook
Anti-Covid restrictions are being scaled back on Thursday, with beaches reopening, the mask mandate to be lifted for those playing outdoor sports, and the number of diners to be doubled to eight per table at restaurants. This comes as a government expert advisor David Hui says Covid-19 has now become endemic in Hong Kong, even as case numbers continue a gradual downward trend. Wendy Wong reports:
'Endemicity of Covid irrelevant to HK's anti-epidemic strategy'  Listenfacebook
Prominent virologist Malik Peiris says people shouldn't get hung up over the question of whether Omicron is now endemic in Hong Kong. He was speaking after government pandemic advisor David Hui said Covid-19 is now here to stay. But Professor Peiris – Chair of Virology at the University of Hong Kong's School of Public Health – told Vicky Wong that endemic or not, future variants could easily threaten Hong Kong's medical system again, and authorities must focus on further improving the vaccination rate among the vulnerable:
Covid cases on decline despite slight increase in cases: CHP  Listenfacebook
Health authorities reported a slight increase in new Covid-19 infections for Wednesday, with 313 cases. but as Frances Sit reports, they say the local epidemic remains on a steady and slow decline:
E-Taxis face uphill challenge in Hong Kong: expert  Listenfacebook
A transport expert is warning that government plans to introduce electric taxis to Hong Kong isn't likely to work unless the administration scales up its plans, provides charging facilities all over the city, and offers capital subsidies to cabbies as an incentive for them to go green. The government says trials involving four e-taxis are set to start soon, and at least 10 quick chargers will be installed in Lantau and Sai Kung. But Alok Jain, the managing director of Trans-consult Asia – a consulting firm specialising in technology and innovation in traffic and transportation – told Janice Wong he's not sure if the plan will be a success:
'HK not growing more corrupt despite surge in ICAC complaints'  Listenfacebook
The ICAC has recorded an 18 percent increase in complaints last year. But as Jimmy Choi reports, the anti-graft body says that reflected rising economic activity as the pandemic eased, rather than a sign of a more corrupt society:
'More govt support needed amid shortage of social workers'   Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Social Workers' General Union is urging the incoming administration to make better long-term plans for welfare policy to stem an exodus of staff. The union made the call after a survey in January, involving than 550 social workers, found that almost 30 percent had left their jobs in the past year. It says they mostly cited better career opportunities and emigration as the reason for changing jobs. Zeno Leung, the union's internal vice-president, spoke to Frank Yung about his concerns over staff turnover:
Covid cases fall in Shanghai  Listenfacebook
Shanghai’s final exit from five weeks of lockdown is being delayed by Covid-19 infections persistently appearing in the community, despite the nation’s strategy of isolating all positive cases and their close contacts. But the overall number of cases in the city dropped further yesterday, while Covid-related deaths fell from 20 to 16. Natale Ching has the details:
US Fed makes biggest rate increase since 2000  Listenfacebook
The US central bank, the Federal Reserve, has raised interest rates by half a percentage point - the most aggressive such increase in more than twenty years. The move is intended to tackle inflation in the United States, which is at a 40-year high. Cecil Wong reports: