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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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Oxfam says wealth gap at 'critical point'  Listenfacebook
Oxfam says the income gap in Hong Kong has widened during the pandemic and has now reached what it called a "critical point". The poverty alleviation charity says the richest households here now make 47 times as much as the poorest, up from 34 times in 2019. Wong Shek-hung, who heads the NGO's Hong Kong and Macau programmes, urged the government to roll out measures in the upcoming Policy Address to relieve the hardship of low-income groups, saying it had become a life-and-death matter for them. She spoke to Violet Wong:
Expect 'bold measures' in upcoming Policy Address  Listenfacebook
The Financial Secretary Paul Chan says the Chief Executive John Lee will roll out bold measures to revive Hong Kong’s economy in his first policy address in two weeks’ time. Chan said he was confident of the SAR's recovery in the medium to long term. Maggie Ho reports:
Virgin Atlantic suspends flights to HK  Listenfacebook
Virgin Atlantic will not be flying to Hong Kong anymore. The British carrier, founded by billionaire Richard Branson, announced it was suspending services between Hong Kong and London and closing its office in the SAR. Joanne Wong reports:
Flight crew want test-and-hold rule scrapped  Listenfacebook
The Cathay Pacific Airways Flight Attendants Union has called on authorities to drop a rule requiring aircrew to wait for their Covid test results at the airport. It also wants the number of coronavirus tests required for airline staff to be reduced. But it admits that even if this is done, Cathay will have problems recruiting more staff without boosting pay. Frank Yung reports:
Govt urged to lift restrictions on arrivals  Listenfacebook
A government pandemic adviser has added his voice to the chorus of medical experts questioning Hong Kong's anti-Covid measures, such as compulsory testing orders and the LeaveHomeSafe app. David Hui also said the lifting of all restrictions on arrivals should be contemplated, as Ada Au reports:
People urged to get flu jabs ahead of winter surge  Listenfacebook
The operator of Covid vaccination centres is urging people to get their flu jabs, saying as people resume travel out of Hong Kong, the risk of a winter flu surge increases. The government's flu vaccination programme starts from Thursday, with those aged under 12, and 50 and over, eligible for free jabs - which can be done at community Covid vaccination centres at the same time as the Covid jab. Dr Samuel Kwok from Virtus Medical Group told Samantha Butler that mask-wearing during the pandemic meant people here had reduced exposure to the flu virus:
Police launch database to help fight scams  Listenfacebook
Police have launched a new search engine to help the public better detect scams. People can look for information, such as names and phone numbers, when they receive suspicious calls or unsolicited messages. Kelly Yu reports:
'Scameter' draws on police reports, junk calls database  Listenfacebook
A senior inspector from the force's Cybersecurity and Technology Crime Bureau says the increase in online fraud spurred the creation of its "Scameter". Paul Yeung told Ben Tse that the database drew on several reliable sources, including reports of scams made to police, and information from the Monetary Authority, banks, and cyber security firms:
HK stocks surge the most in Asia  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong stocks have put on their best performance in six months, surging nearly 6 percent, fuelled by easing concerns about interest rate hikes around the world. But Ken Wong from Eastspring Investments told Joanne Wong that market uncertainties remained and investors were still cautious: