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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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Residents urged not to stockpile paracetamol  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Health, Lo Chung-mau, has urged the public not to overreact to the surge in Covid cases by overstocking the drug, paracetamol. His plea comes as authorities recorded 14,918 new daily Covid cases on Sunday, of which 685 were imported. Another 24 Covid patients died. It is the highest figure since the fifth wave hit Hong Kong in March. Damon Pang reports:
Cross-border truckers to regain direct access  Listenfacebook
Cross-border truck drivers may soon be able to directly deliver products to mainland locations, as the government works out the final details of a new goods exchange arrangement. It would be an improvement from the current system where the items must be handed to mainland drivers before they are delivered to their final destinations. Frank Yung reports:
Top China health official warns of Covid surge  Listenfacebook
One of China's top health experts has warned of a surge in Covid cases, in the wake of the government's decision to roll back some strict coronavirus measures. Zhong Nanshan called for a scale-up in vaccination efforts, ahead of an expected increase in domestic travel during the Spring Festival in late January. Vicky Wong reports:
Beijing, HK hit back at criticism of Jimmy Lai sentencing  Listenfacebook
Beijing and Hong Kong have criticised comments made by the United States on the recent sentencing of media tycoon Jimmy Lai, in his fraud case. The foreign affairs office called on Washington to stop trampling on Hong Kong's rule of law in the name of human rights. Kenny Hodgart reports:
Elderly couple arrested after daughter found dead  Listenfacebook
An elderly couple has been arrested after their chronically-ill daughter was found dead in their flat in Tsz Wan Shan. Aaron Tam reports:
New Tseung Kwan O transport links open  Listenfacebook
Tseung Kwan O residents are enjoying the view from the latest transport link to open in Hong Kong: the Tseung Kwan O-Lam Tin Tunnel and the Cross Bay Link. Officials have said it will shave off nearly half an hour of commuting time. Kelly Yu reports:
Survey finds anxiety levels rising among cancer carers  Listenfacebook
A doctor from the Hong Kong Anti-Cancer Society has urged the government not to allow an increase in Covid cases to disrupt support to cancer patients. The society surveyed 250 caregivers of cancer patients in September and October and found nearly 60 percent of them were depressed. They also noted a rise in the anxiety level among them during the Covid pandemic. At the peak of infections, services at public hospitals were re-focused, meaning cancer patients had scheduled appointments cancelled. The society's Dr Rico Liu spoke to Janice Wong about their survey findings:
Charity helps physically-disabled declutter their lives  Listenfacebook
Operation Santa Claus 2022 is in full swing and we are raising money for 15 charities this year. One of the beneficiaries is Direction Association for the Handicapped - a charity that serves people with severe physical impairment. Sita Ng, the association’s Project Development Manager spoke to Noreen Mir about their project:
Questions raised over US-Russia prisoner swap  Listenfacebook
Last week, the American basketball star, Brittney Griner, was exchanged in a prisoner swap for a Russian arms dealer, known as the Merchant of Death. Griner had been arrested in February at a Moscow airport for possessing cannabis oil. She was traded for convicted weapons trafficker, Viktor Bout, who was flown back to Russia after 12 years. Reports say President Biden had been under pressure to secure Griner's release, although some also say trading an international arms dealer for a basketball player was "madness”. RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, told Samantha Butler that critics say the Biden administration should have pushed for the release of both Griner and a former US marine, Paul Whelan, in exchange for Bout: