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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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Carrie Lam urged to speak up for Hong Kong  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, has been urged to fully reflect the views of Hong Kong people when she discusses Beijing's proposed national security legislation with officials in the capital on Wedneday. The appeal came after Lam said on Tuesday that it was an "objective fact" that Hong Kong people are living in fear because of protesters. Candice Wong has more:
Young people ‘need’ to be made aware of consequences of law breaking  Listenfacebook
Several members of the pro-establishment camp have set up a concern group to try to deal with rising youth crime. The group, headed by the DAB's deputy secretary general Frankie Ngan, also includes parents, teachers and lawyers. They told the media they were saddened to see young people engaging in violent acts during the anti-government protests of the past year. They said more needs to be done to stop them from being "misled" into breaking the law. DAB legislator Holden Chow also attended the press conference. He told Priscilla Ng the younger generation needs to be better protected:
Riot charge against student thrown out  Listenfacebook
A 20-year-old university student has become the first person acquitted of rioting in connection with the anti-extradition protests. The District Court ruled that testimony by police officers could not prove him guilty beyond reasonable doubt. Maggie Ho has more:
Social distancing rules extended until June 18  Listenfacebook
The government has extended the ban on gatherings of more than eight people for another two weeks, until at least June 18. The move follows a cluster of Covid-19 infections in the past few days, linked to a warehouse worker who lives in Sha Tin. Wendy Wong reports:
Underground transmission ‘shows’ Covid-19 is not going away  Listenfacebook
The extension of social-distancing rules was announced on Tuesday as health authorities confirmed six more coronavirus cases. They include four women, who live in the same Sha Tin public housing block as the warehouse worker who is believed to be the index patient for at least eight other infections. The Health Secretary, Sophia Chan, said authorities were very concerned about the Covid-19 cluster. Janice Wong asked University of Hong Kong virologist, Professor Malik Peiris, how concerned he is by this new surge in local transmission of the disease:
Experts say super-spreaders play a major part in coronavirus pandemic  Listenfacebook
Public health experts from the University of Hong Kong say the emergence of a potential Covid-19 'super-spreader' at Lek Yuen Estate, in Sha Tin, is no surprise. They say certain individuals appear to be far more infectious than others. The experts also called for more testing to be done, warning that Hong Kong is at risk of being hit by another wave of the disease as anti-epidemic measures are relaxed. Jimmy Choi reports:
China was slow in handing over key Covid-19 data to WHO: AP  Listenfacebook
An Associated Press report says the World Health Organization struggled to get key information from China at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The American news agency says recordings of internal meetings it has obtained show WHO officials complaining that Beijing was slow to share data on the transmission of the disease. Sean Kennedy reports:
Civil Service pay frozen  Listenfacebook
The Executive Council has agreed to freeze the pay of the Hong Kong's 180,000 civil servants this financial year. Several civil service groups have expressed disappointment with the decision, as Priscilla Ng reports:
Emergency plan unveiled for Hong Kong’s white dolphins  Listenfacebook
Conservation groups and experts are warning that Chinese white dolphins are on the brink of disappearing from the Pearl River Delta, with their population rapidly declining to unsustainable numbers. WWF-Hong Kong has helped put together an Emergency Action Plan to help stabilise the population, and help dolphin numbers recover. Mike Weeks asked the group's head of oceans conservation, Dr Laurence McCook, just how bad the situation is: