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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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US Senate passes Hong Kong Autonomy Act  Listenfacebook
US Senators have voted unanimously to back new legislation that would introduce compulsory sanctions against anyone who undermines Hong Kong's autonomy. It is Washington's toughest legal move yet in support of the SAR's democracy movement but it is still some way from becoming law. Carolyn Wright reports:
National Security Law expected to be passed next week  Listenfacebook
Former Justice Secretary Elsie Leung has defended Beijing's decision to withhold the full draft of the national security legislation set to be imposed on Hong Kong. Leung says releasing it could have resulted in 'disturbances' in the SAR. Timmy Sung reports:
More than half of applicants denied pandemic subsidy  Listenfacebook
The administration has revealed that more than half of the applicants to a scheme to help self-employed people survive the economic blow of the coronavirus pandemic were rejected. It means 140,000 self-employed people will not receive payouts of HK$7,500. Steve Dunthorne reports:
Unionist repeats call for jobless pandemic fund  Listenfacebook
Labour unionist Lee Cheuk-yan said he was not surprised at the high number of rejected applicants for the pandemic subsidy, given that various groups had voiced concern over the strict requirements. Lee, the General Secretary of the Confederation of Trade Unions, told Janice Wong he expected many more casual workers were not eligible for the payout and did not bother to apply:
Free mask handout begins next week  Listenfacebook
Every household in Hong Kong will be sent a package of 10 free, disposable masks starting next Tuesday, in the first shipment of locally-produced masks made under a government subsidy scheme. Frances Sit reports:
Seventh HK patient dies with coronavirus  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong has reported its third Covid-19-related death in a week, after a stroke patient at Princess Margaret Hospital died on Thursday morning. Wendy Wong reports:
Covid-19 testing up by 60 percent in June  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam says the authorities are aiming to significantly ramp up local Covid-19 testing, as the city prepares for an influx of incoming travellers from the mainland and elsewhere. Cecil Wong reports:
Red Cross staffer upsets with anti-police slogans  Listenfacebook
A recent blood drive at the Auxiliary Police headquarters in Kowloon Bay struck a nerve after a staff member of the Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service showed up laden with anti-police paraphernalia. Wendy Wong reports:
Concern raised over school bullying video  Listenfacebook
A psychiatrist has expressed concern about the rise in violence seen in Hong Kong society over the past year with the anti-government protests, and whether this could fuel an increase in bullying. Dr May Lam, the Vice-President of the Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists, was commenting after a disturbing video last week showed a 13-year-old student being abused by classmates in Cheung Sha Wan. Lam, who is a board member of the children's charity group 'Variety', told Samantha Butler that exposure to violence and a recent rise in youth crime are causes for concern: