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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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US delays Hong Kong autonomy report  Listenfacebook
The US State Department is delaying a report to Congress on whether Hong Kong has sufficient autonomy to justify maintaining its special status with the United States. It had been due at the end of this month. The report could result in sanctions if Washington thinks Beijing is interfering with Hong Kong's way of life, as Robert Kemp reports:
HKMAO threatens to crush “dark forces”  Listenfacebook
The announcement of the delay in the US State Department’s Hong Kong autonomy report came just hours after another outburst from Beijing's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, describing protest violence here as a "political virus” that needs to be crushed. It said the demonstrators want to resist the central government's "comprehensive jurisdiction over Hong Kong", adding that Beijing would not sit idly by and watch what it called "these recklessly demented forces". Jim Gould asked Polytechnic University social scientist Chung Kim-wah what he made of the comments:
Covid-19 patients to be sent home after 10 days   Listenfacebook
Health authorities have decided that recovered coronavirus patients can be discharged from hospital as early as ten days from falling ill. This was revealed as Hong Kong reported no local Covid-19 infections for a 17th day running. Frances Sit reports:
HA urged to reopen hospitals to visitors  Listenfacebook
With coronavirus infections in Hong Kong currently at zero, calls are growing for the Hospital Authority to start allowing hospital visits again. They've largely been suspended since January to prevent the spread of the disease, but this means families and friends of patients haven't been able to offer them any support. Alex Lam, the chairman of Hong Kong Patients' Voices, says regular hospital visits are especially important for those who are terminally ill or are unable to take care of themselves. He told Jimmy Choi that the authorities should relax restrictions as quickly as possible:
Infections expert warns against hospital visits  Listenfacebook
People will be allowed to gather in groups of up to eight from Friday, as a limit on the size of gatherings in public places is relaxed thanks to the receding coranavirus threat. Bars, gyms, cinemas, beauty parlours and other entertainment venues will also re-open, while schools will start resuming classes in less than two weeks from now. So, is this all a good idea or could it lead to another surge in infections in Hong Kong? Janice Wong asked infectious disease specialist Dr Joseph Tsang:
Reusable-mask offer attracts frenzied interest  Listenfacebook
Some 1.5 million people signed up for reusable masks offered by the government on Wednesday - the first day of registration for the scheme. Wendy Wong reports:
HK$8.6 million shipment of sharks’ fin seized  Listenfacebook
Customs officers have made Hong Kong’s biggest-ever seizure of illegal dried sharks' fin. They estimated that fins from around 38,000 sharks make up the 26-tonne haul. Timmy Sung reports:
Land Sharing scheme ‘turns town planning on its head’  Listenfacebook
Private developers have been invited to hand some of their farmland to the government in exchange for quick development approval. Under the Land Sharing Pilot Scheme, the owners of private farmland can apply to the government to increase the development density of their sites, but at least 70 percent of the increased floor area would have to be used for public housing or Starter Home projects. In her 2018 Policy Address, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the aim of the scheme was to release the development potential of privately-owned farmland in the New Territories. Mike Weeks asked the CEO of Designing Hong Kong, Paul Zimmerman, if developers are likely to jump at the offer: