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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 documents world’s first Covid-19 reinfection   Listenfacebook
Researchers at the University of Hong Kong say they have confirmed that a local man has been infected with Covid-19 for a second time. It's the world’s first documented case and suggests some patients may lose their immunity within a few months of recovering from the virus, as Tom McAlinden reports:
CHP warns against complacency as cases dwindle   Listenfacebook
Just nine new coronavirus cases were confirmed on Monday, the lowest number since the beginning of last month. But health officials are warning against complacency, and have stressed the importance of the community-wide testing, which is slated to start on September 1. Wendy Wong reports:
Concerns raised about effectiveness of mass testing   Listenfacebook
Medical experts have warned that the free mass coronavirus testing the government is about to launch might not be that effective when it comes to finding infected people. Violet Wong has the details:
Medical Association head says anti-covid measures should stay, for now   Listenfacebook
As the number of coronavirus infections dwindles in Hong Kong, calls are growing to relax anti-epidemic measures. Catering industry lawmaker Tommy Cheung says groups of up to four people should be allowed to gather in restaurants, and at other venues like karaoke lounges and mahjong parlours. But some experts say it was "a huge mistake" for the administration to have loosened restrictions back in June, ahead of the third wave of infections in the city. The current social distancing measures expire on Tuesday: so is it time to start relaxing them? Mike Weeks asked Choi Kin, the president of the Hong Kong Medical Association:
Private prosecutions halted on direction of Secretary for Justice   Listenfacebook
Two private prosecutions, against a policeman who shot a protester and a taxi-driver whose vehicle rammed into demonstrators late last year, have formally been halted following a hearing at West Kowloon Magistracy. The Secretary for Justice, Teresa Cheng, had intervened to take control of the cases lodged by the Democratic Party’s Ted Hui, with the prosecution telling the court there wasn't enough evidence to proceed with either case. Timmy Sung reports:
Mother tells death inquest about her daughter’s troubled life  Listenfacebook
The mother of a teenage girl, whose body was found in the harbour off Yau Tong last September, has told a coroner's inquest that her daughter had a troubled life and had previously attempted suicide. The police say 15-year-old Chan Yin-lam killed herself. But some have raised questions about her death, which came at the height of the anti-extradition protests. Frances Sit reports:
Former teacher of party elite ‘respects’ HK’s fight for freedoms   Listenfacebook
A retired professor from the Communist Party's elite Central Party School has told RTHK that she admires Hong Kong people’s fight to safeguard their rights and freedoms. Cai Xia, who was recently expelled from the party and stripped of her pension, also said President Xi Jinping has turned the party into a body that does not reflect on its mistakes. Maggie Ho reports:
US delays Hong Kong ‘Made in China’ order   Listenfacebook
The Commerce and Economic Development Secretary, Edward Yau, says Washington has put back the date when goods from Hong Kong must carry a "Made in China" tag to enter the United States. But Yau again described the US labelling order as hostile and unreasonable. Wendy Wong has the details:
No relief for the elderly and sick as ‘hot nights’ increase   Listenfacebook
Experts from the Chinese University are calling on the government to improve city greening and urban ventilation to mitigate the impact of global warming. This comes after Hong Kong experienced a record-breaking 21 “hot nights” last month, when the minimum temperature stayed above 28 degrees Celsius. The university says it's found that hot nights are more detrimental to health than hot days, and can lead to serious problems. Janice Wong asked Dr Kevin Lau, an assistant professor at the Chinese University’s Institute of Future Cities, why we are seeing so many more ‘hot nights’ now: