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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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Covid-19 cases fall 30% but ‘too early to say’ infections subsiding  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong recorded 80 new coronavirus cases on Monday. That's down 30 percent from Sunday and the first time in almost two weeks that the daily total has fallen below 100. But health officials warn that it's too early to say if infection numbers will continue to drop, as Jimmy Choi reports:
Online classes the new order to allow schools to reopen  Listenfacebook
The government says schools can reopen as planned in the new academic year but classes will have to be taught online rather than face-to-face because of the number of coronavirus cases. Some international schools are scheduled to re-open as early as next week. Damon Pang reports:
Extra support needed for all involved in online classes  Listenfacebook
The chair of the Education Policy Concern Organisation, Mervyn Cheung, says online classes are likely to become the new normal in Hong Kong as the Covid-19 pandemic intensifies around the world. He says this presents problems for children, parents and teachers, and that all of them will need extra support. He was speaking to Mike Weeks about the government’s decision to restart the school year on schedule in the coming weeks, though without any children on campus because of the health crisis:
Trials of HK-Macau vaccine to begin within months  Listenfacebook
Researchers at the Polytechnic University and the Macau University of Science and Technology say a coronavirus vaccine they are developing will enter clinical trials in the next few months. They say it's cheap and effective, and if it's proved to be safe, millions of doses could be reserved for people here and in Macau. Janice Wong asked Dr Terence Lau, from the Polytechnic University's Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology, how the vaccine differs from others that are currently in development:
Mainland experts aim for 200,000 tests a day in Hong Kong   Listenfacebook
The leader of a team of mainland medical experts, who are in Hong Kong to help boost coronavirus testing, says he hopes they can help expand the city's capabilities to more than 200,000 tests a day. Priscilla Ng reports:
CE says she had no choice but to postpone Legco poll   Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, has defended her decision to postpone next month's Legislative Council elections by one year, saying she would have been blamed had the vote resulted in more coronavirus cases. Altis Wong reports:
Beijing official visits ahead of decision on stopgap Legco  Listenfacebook
Beijing official Zhang Xiaoming is in Hong Kong apparently seeking views on what to do with the Legislative Council now that the elections have been postponed until September 2021. As Frances Sit reports, his trip comes just ahead of a meeting of China's top legislative body, which is expected to make a decision on the stopgap Legco:
Concerns raised over lack of planning on pollution control  Listenfacebook
The Clean Air Network says it's very concerned that there's been no update to the government's blueprint to improve Hong Kong's air quality. The Clean Air Plan was published in 2013 and is due to expire at the end of this year. The Environment Bureau says it is preparing to update the plan and is looking at various measures to further cut air pollution. But Patrick Fung, chief executive of the Clean Air Network, told Richard Pyne he's anxious about the lack of information on measures to improve air quality both here and in the Pearl River Delta in the years ahead:
HSBC to speed up job cuts as profit slumps  Listenfacebook
HSBC shares tumbled about three percent in London on Monday after it announced a 65 plunge in first half pre-tax profit from the first six months of last year. The bank also warned of more challenges ahead, from the coronavirus pandemic and tensions between China and the West. It said it will speed up restructuring plans that include tens of thousands of job cuts. Joanne Wong reports: