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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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Elderly from Kowloon Bay care home sent to quarantine   Listenfacebook
More than 40 elderly residents and staff of a Kowloon Bay care home are to be moved to quarantine facilities, after two more people there came down with Covid-19 and a third tested preliminary positive. In total, 72 new infections were confirmed on Sunday, nine of which were classified as imported. Priscilla Ng reports:
Minimum standards urged for domestic-helper dorms  Listenfacebook
An NGO is urging the government to carry out inspections of dormitories, housing domestic workers who are between contracts, saying many of them are cramped and poorly ventilated. The call, from the Caritas Asian Migrant Workers Social Service Project, came as the authorities began offering free coronavirus testing for all residents of such hostels. Jimmy Choi has the details:
HKMAO describes US sanctions as ‘hypocrisy at its finest’  Listenfacebook
For the second day in a row, the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office has issued a statement, condemning what it described as US attempts to impose "hegemony" through the sanctioning of 11 officials over the imposition of the national security law. The head of Beijing's Liaison Office, Luo Huining, is among those Washington accused of curtailing political freedoms in Hong Kong, along with Chief Executive Carrie Lam. Priscilla Ng reports:
CE’s younger son said to have been recalled from Harvard   Listenfacebook
Mystery surrounds the whereabouts of Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s younger son after he reportedly told his flatmate he needed to leave the United States and return to Hong Kong due to a “family emergency”. Priscilla Ng has the story:
Leung Kwok-hung calls Carrie Lam a political puppet  Listenfacebook
The National People's Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) is said to have concluded discussions on extending the term of the Legislative Council to fill the void left by the postponement of next month's elections for one year. Reports suggest it has decided that all current lawmakers should be allowed to stay on in the stop-gap Legco. The meeting in Beijing is scheduled to end on Tuesday. Activists from the League of Social Democrats yesterday staged a protest outside Beijing's Liaison Office in Hong Kong over the postponement of the elections. They said they were purely a local matter and the NPCSC had no power to interfere. Former lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung told Frances Sit that the decision to delay the polls for a year showed the Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, was merely a puppet who hoped to flatter Beijing:
HKers facing many issues detrimental to their mental health  Listenfacebook
A study unveiled last week by the University of Hong Kong’s psychiatry department showed some 4,000 of the 11,000 people it spoke to earlier this year had such serious mental health issues, they could be classed as having a mental disorder. Professor Paul Yip, from the university's Department of Social Work and Social Administration, told Mike Weeks he was not surprised by the findings:
PEN America concerned about shrinking HK liberties  Listenfacebook
The CEO of PEN America, a non-profit organisation that defends human rights and free expression, has raised concern over what she calls an ongoing encroachment on liberties in Hong Kong. Suzanne Nossel has been documenting events in the SAR for a number of years. The author of "Dare to Speak: Defending Free Speech for All" told Janice Wong that she’s saddened to see Hong Kong’s “vibrant intellectual life” shutting down:
Highest-level US visit to Taiwan in more than four decades   Listenfacebook
The US Health Secretary, Alex Azar, arrived in Taiwan on Sunday for the highest level visit from Washington since it switched diplomatic recognition to Beijing in 1979. Azar is spending three days on the island during which he'll meet President Tsai Ing-wen and several of her ministers. Beijing has described his trip as a threat to "peace and stability" and warned Washington against making any "dangerous moves". Mike Weeks asked RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, what was behind the decision for this trip: