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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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Coronavirus restrictions to be further relaxed on Friday  Listenfacebook
The government is easing infection-control measures further, as the number of coronavirus cases dwindles. From Friday, gyms, massage parlours, clubhouses and video arcades will be allowed to reopen, and restaurants will be able to host diners for an extra hour until 10pm. Damon Pang reports:
Medical Association expert has no issue with easing of restrictions   Listenfacebook
An infectious disease expert from the Hong Kong Medical Association described the relaxation of anti-epidemic measures as "fine tuning". Dr Leung Chi-chiu said he doesn't foresee any problem with what was announced by the government on Wednesday. But he told Jim Gould he believes the two-person-per-table restriction on restaurants could be eased:
Virus believed to have spread in lift at Mong Kok Metropark   Listenfacebook
The announcement of the further easing of pandemic restrictions came as Hong Kong reported its lowest daily tally of Covid-19 infections in almost two months. Just eight were confirmed on Wednesday, although health officials are concerned about two infections of unknown origin at the Metropark hotel in Mong Kok. One of the patients has died, as Priscilla Ng reports:
15 arrested over pandemic relief swindles  Listenfacebook
Fifteen people have been arrested on suspicion of trying to cheat the government out of millions of dollars in pandemic relief. Some of the suspects are said to have tried to pass off other businesses as their own in order to take advantage of the handouts for local firms. Joanne Wong reports:
Another 27 people charged over Poly-U siege  Listenfacebook
The police have charged 27 more people with illegal assembly relating to clashes during the siege of the Polytechnic University in November. They will appear in court next Wednesday, as Robert Kemp reports:
Bar says separation of powers very clearly defined in Basic Law  Listenfacebook
The Bar Association has weighed in on the debate over "separation of powers", saying it's concerned by the government's remarks that the principle doesn't apply to Hong Kong. It described remarks this week by the Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, and Education Secretary Kevin Yeung as "unfounded", and "inconsistent" with the SAR’s mini constitution. Mike Weeks asked Bar vice-chairman, Anita Yip, if Lam was correct in insisting that there’s no mention of the separation of powers in the Basic Law:
Typhoon Maysak brings poor air to Hong Kong  Listenfacebook
The Environmental Protection Department is warning that Hong Kong may be affected by very high air pollution for the next day or two as a typhoon approaching Korea pushes polluted air down from the north. Roy Tsang, a senior environmental protection officer, explained the situation to Richard Pyne:
New air monitoring system could help hospitals and restaurants  Listenfacebook
Engineers from the Polytechnic University have developed a new indoor air quality monitoring system that promises to not only detect pollutants and pathogens, but also tell you where they are coming from, and where they're lingering in a room. Associate professor Anthony Law is part of the team developing the system. Janice Wong asked him how the system works:
Veterinary society ‘shocked’ by dropping of animal cruelty case  Listenfacebook
The executive director of the Veterinary Services Society, Mark Mak, says he's shocked and disappointed that two men won't be prosecuted over an animal cruelty case, in which more than 20 pets are believed to have been thrown from a high-rise building near Sham Tseng. The police confirmed that their investigation of the incident had been completed, and the Department of Justice had decided there was not enough evidence to proceed. Two men were arrested in February after more than a dozen animals - including rabbits, a guinea pig and a cat - were found dead on a slope near the Hong Kong Garden housing estate. Ten other animals were found severely injured in the area. Mr Mak spoke to Richard Pyne:
Border closures causing pet owners to take extreme measures  Listenfacebook
The gruesome discovery last week on two beaches of dead animals in pet carriers has shone a spotlight on the plight of dogs and cats who have been separated from their owners because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Smugglers on their way to the mainland are suspected to have dumped the animals overboard, while fleeing the police. The authorities believe mainland pet owners returning home from abroad had paid tens of thousands of dollars to agents to bring their pets home via Hong Kong. But why are pet owners taking such a risk? Dr Matthew Murdoch is a director of Ferndale Kennels and Cattery, which helps with pet relocation . He told Richard Pyne about the problems of moving pets across the border: