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


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BA.5 set to become dominant Covid strain in HK  Listenfacebook
Health officials have warned that the highly-transmissable Covid variant, BA.5, could become the most dominant strain in Hong Kong as more cases are being detected here. This comes as authorities reported 4,274 new infections, including 239 imported cases, on Sunday. Joanne Wong reports:
Quarantine easing delayed by 'technical glitches'  Listenfacebook
Executive Council convenor Regina Ip says the administration is working to shorten quarantine periods for inbound travellers, saying only 'technical glitches' stand in the way of an official announcement. Right now, inbound travellers must spend seven days in hotel quarantine, as Kelly Yu reports:
More than 290 toddlers received Covid jab so far  Listenfacebook
The operator of community vaccination centres says over 290 toddlers under the age of three have been brought in for their Covid jabs, since the government lowered the age limit to six months from last Thursday. Dr Samuel Kwok, who runs two centres, said he expected that figure to increase slowly. He told Ben Tse that the parents did not appear to be too concerned about the Sinovac jab, given that it used the inactivated virus, similar to the flu vaccine:
Crowded malls as second round of e-vouchers released  Listenfacebook
The Financial Secretary Paul Chan says the arrival of a second round of government consumption vouchers will provide some stimulus for a local economy that is in need of urgent support. There were reports of big crowds in shopping malls on Sunday as people received the vouchers. Timmy Sung reports:
Govt urged to clarify rules for job-hopping helpers  Listenfacebook
A foreign domestic helpers' union has urged the Immigration Department to clarify how it defines job-hopping. The Federation of Asian Domestic Unions say some helpers who have found new jobs, after allegedly being abused by their previous employers, have had their visas rejected on job-hopping grounds. The federation says rejections without clear explanations risk silencing abused workers, who may fear they could lose their visas after deciding to quit. Jec Sernande, a secretary for the federation, spoke to Joanne Wong:
Beach resort city locked down over Covid surge  Listenfacebook
The mainland has reported 736 new local coronavirus cases, around two-thirds of them from the island province of Hainan. The resort island has started testing its more than 10 million residents for Covid-19 in view of a surge in infections. Vicky Wong reports: