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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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Tam Yiu-chung says Beijing will add to security law when it sees fit  Listenfacebook
National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) member Tam Yiu-chung has given assurances that Beijing won't toughen the new national security law for Hong Kong, at least for now. But he says mainland authorities have the right to make changes when needed. Frances Sit has the details:
‘Reasonable’ for special judges to act on national security cases  Listenfacebook
Former solicitor general and senior counsel Daniel Fung has defended the need for designated judges to oversee national security trials in Hong Kong. He said these cases are simply different from others. Priscilla Ng reports:
People still trying to make sense of national security law  Listenfacebook
Politicians and legal experts are continuing to send out mixed signals over the protest slogan ‘Liberate Hong Kong, Revolution of Our Times’. Basic Law Committee member and prominent legal scholar Albert Chen has insisted that the courts will ultimately decide on the legality or otherwise of specific acts. He said just because the police had arrested people for carrying banners bearing the protest slogan on July 1 doesn’t mean it’s necessarily against the law. Hong Kong's sole representative on the NPCSC, Tam Yiu-chung, also weighed in, saying last week's warning from the government over the slogan was merely a reminder that it ‘carries secessionist or subversive intent’, and was not a declaration on its legality. Mike Weeks asked University of Hong Kong constitutional law Professor Simon Young about the confusion the law has engendered since its enactment less than a week ago:
Two new local coronavirus cases confirmed  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong confirmed two new local cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, ending a three-week run without any local infections. The patients are a restaurant employee and a nurse who works in a private clinic. Their colleagues are now in quarantine as a precaution, as Violet Wong reports:
Better quarantine ‘key’ to keeping Covid-19 at bay  Listenfacebook
The chairman of the Medical Association's advisory committee on communicable diseases says Hong Kong’s quarantine measures need to be improved if it is to stop the outbreak of local coronavirus cases every two to three weeks. Dr Leung Chi-chiu told RTHK the two new local infections reported on Sunday highlight the threat Hong Kong is still under of a much bigger community outbreak. He told Janice Wong we should be worried:
Surge in US infections puts Republican convention in doubt  Listenfacebook
The head of the US Food and Drug Administration, Stephen Hahn, has warned that a new spike in coronavirus cases in Florida means the Republican Party may not be able to meet there next month to formally nominate Donald Trump as its presidential candidate. Hahn said a decision could only be made once it became clearer how the situation develops there. Florida has seen Covid-19 infections jumping by around 10,000 a day recently. Mayors and officials there and in Arizona and Texas are warning that their cities are at risk of being overwhelmed. Mike Weeks asked RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood if the surge in cases had dampened celebrations over the July 4 holiday weekend: