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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Janice Wong and Mike Weeks


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Government to hand out eight million reusable masks  Listenfacebook
Each Hong Kong resident is set to receive a reusable face mask from the government. This was revealed by a leading microbiologist, who warned that the coronavirus will continue to haunt us for quite some time. But as Timmy Sung reports, professor Yuen Kwok-yung also said it's about time to start relaxing social distancing restrictions, one step at a time:
Government mask plan criticised for coming too late  Listenfacebook
The government's plan to distribute reusable face masks to all residents has received a mixed reaction. News of the free reusable masks came as no new coronavirus infections were reported in Hong Kong for the seventh time in eight days. Some say the plan comes too late, while others are calling for the government to give the masks to vulnerable groups first. Wendy Wong reports:
Return to work a ‘positive move’ for mental health  Listenfacebook
Civil Servants returned to work en masse on Monday following a week virtually free of new coronavirus cases. Many people in the private sector had already made the move back to the office as the second-wave of infections slowed, and consideration is now being given to reopening schools and relaxing social-distancing rules. Professor Paul Yip from the University of Hong Kong's Department of Social Work and Social Administration welcomed the moves. He told Mike Weeks that getting the city back to normal is important from a mental health perspective:
Tam Yiu-chung hopes to see national security laws next year  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's sole representative in China's top legislative body, Tam Yiu-chung, says he hopes the SAR can enact national security legislation by August next year. However, he stressed that's not a timetable set by Beijing. As Damon Pang reports, the Beijing loyalist also said he would respect the Hong Kong government's decision on whether he should undergo quarantine after he attends the annual session of the National People's Congress in the capital later this month:
CY Leung tries to hit out at ‘yellow business’  Listenfacebook
Former Chief Executive CY Leung has stepped up his attacks on opposition forces, urging people to report "yellow businesses" that support the anti-government protests for any suspected violations of laws and regulations. This follows a social-media campaign over the holiday weekend, in which people encouraged each other to shop at businesses known to support the ongoing anti-government movement. Todd Harding has the details:
Economy could face worst year since the 1960s   Listenfacebook
Two of Hong Kong's top officials have painted a bleak picture of the local economy in light of the Covid-19 pandemic and anti-government protests. The financial secretary said the SAR could suffer its worst year since the upheavals of the 1960s. The warning came just ahead of the release on Monday of first-quarter GDP figures. Damon Pang reports:
Mike Pompeo gives no evidence to back up virus claim  Listenfacebook
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has claimed, yet again, that there's 'enormous evidence' the coronavirus pandemic originated in a laboratory in Wuhan. He was speaking to ABC News after US intelligence said last week that it concurred with the widespread scientific consensus that Covid-19 was not man made or genetically modified. China has described such allegations as unfounded. So what evidence did Pompeo give to back up his claim? Mike Weeks asked RTHK’s Washington correspondent Barry Wood: