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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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Anti-epidemic measures to be retightened on Saturday   Listenfacebook
Recently-eased social distancing measures will be tightened again on Saturday because of the resurgence of Covid-19. The number of local coronavirus cases nearly doubled again on Thursday to 34, prompting health officials to seek help in trying to track down people who came into contact with those infected. There were also eight imported cases. Candice Wong reports:
Tracing of possibly-infected taxi passengers ‘will be challenging’  Listenfacebook
Two-thirds of the 34 local coronavirus infections reported on Thursday were linked to an outbreak at an elderly care home in Tsz Wan Shan. But two are of unknown origin, while a number are taxi drivers whose passengers are proving difficult to trace. University of Hong Kong virologist, Professor Malik Peiris, told Mike Weeks the rapid rise in new infections is very worrying:
Employers unlikely to face penalties for breaking pandemic subsidy rules  Listenfacebook
The Confederation of Trade Unions says some businesses in Hong Kong are taking money from the government to subsidise wages, even though some of their staff are on unpaid leave, or have had their pay or hours cut. It's also accused some firms of breaking the conditions for the pandemic relief payments by sacking staff, saying the fines they face for doing so are not large enough. The confederation's chairwoman Carol Ng spoke to Frances Sit:
Low cost private hospital beds still being underused   Listenfacebook
Health authorities have been urged to relax restrictions on the transfer of patients from public hospitals to two private infirmaries that offer low-cost beds to Hong Kong residents. The Ombudsman says this would help relieve the strain on the public healthcare system and boost occupancy at private hospitals. Timmy Sung reports:
Government issues national security warning over primary polls   Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Erick Tsang, says the primary polls the opposition camp is planning to choose candidates for September's Legislative Council elections could breach multiple parts of the national security law. But the claim has been met with derision from the pro-democracy camp. Damon Pang reports:
Australia offers pathway to permanent residency  Listenfacebook
Beijing has reacted angrily to Australia's move to suspend its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and offer a route to permanent residency for thousands of Hong Kong people in the country. The moves are a response to the national security law Beijing imposed in the SAR last week. Vicky Wong has the details:
China outpacing the world in new medical technology   Listenfacebook
Healthcare sector earnings are expected to beat expectations this quarter, chiefly due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Sigal Atzmon, CEO of Medix Global, spoke with Carolyn Wright about how coronavirus has changed the outlook for the industry:
Star Ferry offers a greener ride  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong now has its first regular low-emission ferry service. The Star Ferry Company has changed one of its diesel-engine vessels - the Morning Star - into a diesel-electric one. Janice Wong asked The CEO of the Clean Air Network, Patrick Fung, just how green this new engine is: