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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 posts new record for Covid-19 infections  Listenfacebook
A record 113 people were confirmed to have coronavirus on Wednesday, with most of them catching the disease locally. At least another 70 returned a preliminary positive test for Covid-19, raising fears the outbreak in Hong Kong is now spiralling out of control. Frances Sit reports:
Mask wearing compulsory in all indoor public places   Listenfacebook
Mask-wearing is now required by law in all indoor public places, including shopping centres and building lobbies, as the government seeks to rein in the third wave of coronavirus infections. Richard Pyne has the details:
Top virologist worried that anti-covid measures aren’t working   Listenfacebook
The new mask order came as local Covid-19 cases swelled to 105 on Wednesday. Health officials say they haven't been able to work out the source of infection in more than half of the new patients, who include a cook and a cleaner at a Tai Wai care home, and a nurse at a private hospital. Five more people who work at a Tsz Wan Shan shopping mall tested positive, and more cases linked to two clusters surrounding large banquets in Mong Kok and Tuen Mun were also confirmed. The eight imported infections came from the Philippines, India, Kazakhstan and the United States. Janice Wong asked University of Hong Kong virologist, Professor Malik Peiris, if this all indicates Hong Kong has a long way to go before the third wave of infections peaks:
Britain sets out BN(O) citizenship plan  Listenfacebook
The UK says it will start accepting applications for visas to allow British National (Overseas) citizens the right to live and work in the country from January 21. It also says there's no need for people to renew their BN(O) passports if they've expired, and successful applicants will be able to travel to the UK on Hong Kong or other passports. Frances Sit has the details:
Hong Kong and Taipei ‘could close’ reciprocal offices  Listenfacebook
The government says two officials at the Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office in Taipei have had to return from Taiwan after being denied visas. The move comes after some staff pulled out of Taipei's de facto consulate in Hong Kong, reportedly after refusing to sign a document supporting Beijing's One China policy in order to get visas for the SAR. Mike Weeks spoke to Dr Chung Kim-wah from the Public Opinion Research Institute. He asked him whether the dispute between Hong Kong and Taipei is part and parcel of the rapidly rising tensions between the US and China:
Air freight smuggling triggers surge in airport drug seizures  Listenfacebook
Drug seizures at the airport more than doubled in the first half of this year over the same period last year. Customs officials say that with passenger traffic severely disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, trafficking syndicates have turned to air cargo to try to smuggle drugs into Hong Kong. Timmy Sung has more:
Legco hopefuls submit bids for Kowloon West  Listenfacebook
The two rival political camps both put on a show of unity on Wednesday as they turned in their nominations to stand in the Kowloon West constituency in September's Legislative Council elections. The pro-establishment side is putting forward three hopefuls, while the pro-democracy camp is aiming for four of the six seats up for grabs. Damon Pang reports:
Postponing elections should be a last resort: Ronny Tong  Listenfacebook
Executive councillor Ronny Tong has warned against pushing back September's Legislative Council elections, saying this could do more harm than good. DAB stalwart and NPC Standing Committee member, Tam Yiu-chung, is among those calling for the polls to be postponed because of the worsening pandemic. But Tong told Joanne Wong that it's too early to consider changing the election plans: