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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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Civic Party prepares for banishment from Legco  Listenfacebook
The Civic Party says it expects to be banished completely from the Legislative Council. That’s after its leader and two other serving lawmakers, along with a fourth party member were disqualified from standing in September's elections for the legislature. Beijing has welcomed the move, which also sees prominent activists like Joshua Wong and Lester Shum barred from standing. The Hong Kong government said people with certain behaviours can't be lawmakers, including those who express opposition to the new national security law. Damon Pang reports:
Alvin Yeung says there are still platforms for the Civic Party  Listenfacebook
The Civic Party has vowed that if it is barred completely from Legco, that won’t mean an end to its campaign for democracy. Mike Weeks asked party leader Alvin Yeung if his disqualification from September’s election along with two other party lawmakers - Dennis Kwok and Kwok Ka-ki - came as a surprise:
‘HK is increasingly like Iran’ on elections: Cheung Chor-yung   Listenfacebook
Carrie Lam's government welcomed the decisions of the returning officers to reject the 12 nominees, who also included localists Ventus Lau and Fergus Leung, district councillors Lester Shum and Tiffany Yuen and former journalist Gwyneth Ho. It said it respects and safeguards people's right to stand for election, while warning that more disqualifications could be on the way. Dr Cheung Chor-yung, from the City University's department of public policy, told RTHK's Richard Pyne that's now likely:
Inter-parliamentary alliance condemns election disqualifications  Listenfacebook
There's been some international condemnation of the disqualification of the 12 pro-democracy candidates. Todd Harding has the details:
‘Bad apples’ in education now the government’s top priority  Listenfacebook
The security secretary, John Lee, has told a pro-Beijing newspaper that the top priority for the administration is to eliminate what he called "bad apples" in the education sector. He also said the media need to be taken to task. Maggie Ho reports:
Record high 149 coronavirus cases confirmed  Listenfacebook
The city's health authorities reported 149 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, another record high. All but four of the patients caught the virus locally. An 80 year old man also died, raising Hong Kong’s death toll to 25. Frances Sit reports:
Asia-World Expo centre set to relieve pressure on hospitals   Listenfacebook
Some newly-confirmed coronavirus patients are to be sent directly to a treatment centre on Lantau as soon as it opens this weekend. The Hospital Authority says the facility at Asia-World Expo will initially have 500 beds and will help alleviate the burden on public hospitals which are at capacity. An assistant dean of medicine at the University of Hong Kong, Professor Ivan Hung, is helping to set up the centre. Janice Wong asked him what sort of patients will be sent there:
Restauranteurs urge government to allow them to re-open further  Listenfacebook
The government has made a U-turn on its round-the-clock ban on restaurant dining just a day after it was imposed. From Friday, restaurants were again allowed to serve customers during the day, but the number of people at each table is restricted to two. Tables also need to be 1.5 metres apart and restaurants can only be half full. Executive Council member Tommy Cheung represents the catering sector in Legco. Mike Weeks asked him whether he’d opposed the imposition of the dine-in ban:
Taiwan’s ‘Mr Democracy’ dies   Listenfacebook
Former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui has died at the age of 97. Lee, who was the island's first democratically elected president, had been in hospital in Taipei for several months. Tom McAlinden has more: