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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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Protests resume as Covid-19 recedes  Listenfacebook
The first weekend under relaxed coronavirus restrictions saw a return of protests across Hong Kong. Many people were arrested on Sunday, including reportedly a 12-year-old girl. Pepper balls were fired inside an upmarket Mong Kok mall, and journalists pepper sprayed on the streets in scenes reminiscent of the months of ant-government demonstrations before the coronavirus outbreak forced people to withdraw. Violet Wong reports:
Matthew Cheung says the young know not what they do  Listenfacebook
Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung has expressed concern that some young people could become the "puppets of criminals". He urged them to love themselves and treasure their future. Joanne Wong reports:
High degree of control ‘may be in Communist Party DNA’  Listenfacebook
The weekend of protests followed violent and chaotic scenes in the Legislative Council on Friday as the pro-government camp seized control of the deadlocked House Committee. The move came after Beijing's agencies in Hong Kong urged pro-government lawmakers to break the deadlock in the committee and move on to processing legislation, such as the national anthem bill. Last week, the state council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office (HKMAO) called for the "political virus" that is Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters to be eradicated. Mike Weeks asked Professor Michael Davis, a Hong Kong constitutional law expert who now lives in the US, what he made of such language:
Mother’s Day sees welcome respite for restaurants  Listenfacebook
Despite protests breaking out across Hong Kong on Sunday, many people were out celebrating Mother's Day, following the recent relaxation of some social distancing measures. Wong Yin-ting reports:
Nearly all coronavirus patients now discharged  Listenfacebook
No new locally-transmitted cases were reported again on Sunday, meaning Hong Kong has gone three weeks without a Covid-19 infection. But three more residents returning to the city were found to have the coronavirus, as Damon Pang reports:
Confused message from Boris Johnson over return to work  Listenfacebook
Britain has become the latest country to announce a gradual relaxation of some of its coronavirus restrictions, but the changes only apply to England. The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, said people would be actively encouraged to return to their workplaces from Monday, avoiding public transport if possible. Johnson also said that if the outbreak is contained, shops and schools may start reopening next month, with parts of the hospitality industry to follow in July. Janice Wong asked London-based correspondent Gavin Grey if a return to work is really what the UK Prime Minister wants to see:
White House coronavirus task force officials in quarantine  Listenfacebook
The easing of lockdowns in the US started late last month, despite nearly 1.4 million people having now been diagnosed with Covid-19 and the death toll climbing to over 80,000. Several members of the White House coronavirus task force are now in self quarantine. They are the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the head of the Food and Drug Administration and the government's top infectious diseases official, Anthony Fauci. Mike Weeks asked RTHK’s Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, what happened: