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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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Hong Kong Covid-19 cases pass the 2,000 mark  Listenfacebook
The number of coronavirus cases in Hong Kong has soared past 2,000, with another 61 infections confirmed on Tuesday. All but three of them were acquired locally. Two more elderly patients also died. As Jimmy Choi reports, health officials are warning that the city's public hospitals are now creaking under the pressure:
Executive councillor says no need for lockdown just yet   Listenfacebook
Executive councillor and medical doctor Lam Ching-choi says he thinks the government should only consider bringing in stricter pandemic measures, such as curfews or a complete lockdown, if Hong Kong starts seeing several hundred new coronavirus infections day after day. He said medical facilities are still able to cope with the ongoing outbreaks of Covid-19. Lam told Candice Wong that the anti-epidemic measures already in place are good enough, at least for now:
Police quickly break up commemoration of 21/7 attack  Listenfacebook
Riot police took just minutes to turn up at a Yuen Long mall on Tuesday to disperse dozens of people who'd gathered to mark one year since a gang of white-clad men stormed through the town's station, viciously beating passengers with poles and metal bars. Democratic Party member Ted Hui was arrested for alleged obstruction, while district councillor Rayman Chow was taken away on suspicion of violating the new national security law. Others were given fixed penalty tickets for allegedly breaching the coronavirus gathering limit. Tom McAlinden has the details:
Bar vice-chair says concerns over security law are legitimate   Listenfacebook
Carrie Lam's administration says it strongly opposes Britain’s decision to suspend its extradition arrangement with Hong Kong over the national security law. It said every country has a duty to introduce legislation to protect its sovereignty. The government also accused London of double standards, calling the move a political manoeuvre that breaches international law. But the vice-chairwoman of the Hong Kong Bar Association, Anita Yip, told Priscilla Ng that the UK and other Western countries have legitimate worries about the new law:
Concerns over security law are understandable: Regina Ip  Listenfacebook
A former Hong Kong Secretary for Security, Regina Ip, says concerns by Britain, Canada and Australia over the national security law that have led them to suspend extradition arrangements with Hong Kong are understandable but overblown. Mike Weeks asked the executive councillor about the assertion by Bar Association vice-chair Anita Yip that the UK decision is a vote of ‘no confidence’ in Hong Kong’s justice system following the promulgation of the new legislation on June 30:
Publishers nervous about ‘red lines’ for political books  Listenfacebook
Many authors, publishers, and booksellers had been looking to the Book Fair for clues on how the national security law would affect the industry, by seeing what sort of books are allowed and what are not. But since the fair was cancelled due to Covid-19, they are as befuddled as ever over exactly where the 'red lines' lie, and exactly what changes, if any, they may need to make. RTHK's Joanne Wong has been speaking with people involved in the publication of political books, to find out how they've been trying to adapt:
Forty percent drop in ‘top scholars’ in this year’s DSE exams  Listenfacebook
There’s been a significant drop in the number of top performers in this year’s Diploma of Secondary Education exam, while the percentage of candidates who met the minimum local university admission requirements was steady. Priscilla Ng reports: