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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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Four young students arrested for secession and incitement  Listenfacebook
Four students, aged 16 to 21, have been arrested under the national security law for allegedly setting up a group to promote Hong Kong independence. The police force's new National Security Department said a number of social media posts they put up are thought to violate articles of the new legislation banning secession and incitement. Cecil Wong reports:
Emergency regulations could be used to postpone elections  Listenfacebook
Sources have told RTHK that the government is looking at postponing the Legislative Council elections for up to a year because of the recent surge in Covid-19 cases. Maggie Ho reports:
Government actions ‘sending shock waves around the world’  Listenfacebook
The Legislative council elections are slated to take place on September 6, but pro-establishment figures have been calling for them to be pushed back, possibly for up to a year, because of the current level of coronavirus infections. Rather than using the Legco ordinance to declare a 14-day postponement, executive councillor Ronny Tong said it would be better to delay the polls much longer using the colonial-era Emergency Regulations Ordinance. Mike Weeks spoke to former Democratic Party leader Emily Lau about the apparent plan. But he asked her first for her reaction to the arrests on Wednesday of four student activists for secession and incitement:
Covid-19 cases double in less than three weeks  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong reached the grim milestone of 3,000 Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, as the territory recorded an eighth straight day of triple-digit infections. One more patient also succumbed to the disease, raising the death toll to 24. Violet Wong reports:
Labs working 24/7 to deal with coronavirus surge  Listenfacebook
Some Hospital Authority (HA) laboratories have been running 24-hours a day as the government ramps up tests for Covid-19 amid the latest surge in infections. Between the HA and the Department of Health, around 10,000 tests are being carried out each day, pushing their labs to the limit. RTHK’s Joanne Wong spoke to one of the unsung heroes who are toiling away every day to try to make sure all these tests are done quickly and accurately:
Blood donors required urgently   Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service is urging donors to come forward, saying the coronavirus pandemic has led to a significant drop in blood collection. Its chief executive and medical director, Lee Cheuk-kwong, says the situation is worrying as blood banks only have three to four days' worth of supplies left. He spoke to Priscilla Ng:
Economist says HK people unlikely to spend until outbreak is controlled  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's economy shrank nine percent year-on-year in the second quarter. Despite an improvement in the coronavirus situation and an easing of social distancing measures during the period, private consumption dropped a record 14.5 percent. The advance second quarter GDP estimate is just 0.1 percentage points better than the revised figure from the previous three-month period. Natixis Asia Pacific Economist Gary Ng spoke with Janice Wong, who asked whether the figures were a surprise: