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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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Social distancing eased further as local infections drop to zero   Listenfacebook
Ocean Park is to reopen on Friday, along with bars, nightclubs and swimming pools, but people will still be barred from going to public beaches. The latest relaxation of anti-epidemic measures was announced on Tuesday as no new local Covid-19 infections were reported for the first time in more than two months. But four people who'd recently arrived from Japan, the Philippines, India and Rwanda were confirmed to have the disease. Priscilla Ng reports:
Carrie Lam says mass testing can't be judged on a unit-cost basis   Listenfacebook
The territory-wide screening for coronavirus, which came to an end on Monday, cost Hong Kong taxpayers HK$530 million. The government said that as of Tuesday afternoon the programme had identified 42 new infections. But it listed just 32 that came from the almost 1.8 million tests carried out over the two weeks of the scheme, along with five other patients found by following up on the close contacts of those cases. The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, said the Universal Community Testing Programme helped "cut the transmission chain of the virus in the community" and provided "a more reassuring basis" for allowing the early resumption of social and economic activities. Mike Weeks asked Dr Arisina Ma, president of the Hong Kong Public Doctors' Association, what she thought of the screening scheme:
Third round of coronavirus relief to total HK$24 billion   Listenfacebook
The government appears to have ruled out any further cash handouts as it announced another HK$24 billion-round of targeted relief measures aimed at industries hardest hit by the economic downturn. It's also setting aside HK$10 billion to buy Covid-19 vaccines as they become available. Wendy Wong has the details:
Economist says government has no option but to spend   Listenfacebook
The Financial Secretary, Paul Chan, said the third-round of relief measures will shrink Hong Kong's fiscal reserves to around HK$800 billion, equivalent to about one year of government expenditure. Annemarie Evans asked Gary Ng, an economist at the corporate and investment bank, Natixis, Asia Pacific, if this was worrying:
CE insists HK 12 are fugitives who should face mainland law   Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Tuesday that she wanted to set the record straight about the 12 Hong Kong residents captured by Guangdong coastguard last month while allegedly trying to flee to Taiwan. She said they are not democracy activists being persecuted, as some people have claimed, but suspected criminals who were on the run. Priscilla Ng reports:
Activists appear in court over June 4 vigil   Listenfacebook
Two dozen high-profile pro-democracy activists appeared in court on Tuesday to face charges over this year’s vigil for those killed in the brutal military suppression of the Tiananmen Square democracy movement on June 4, 1989. It went ahead despite a police ban on the event, which has been held every year in Victoria Park since 1990. No pleas were taken and the case was adjourned, pending the prosecution’s request to transfer it to the District Court. Damon Pang reports:
Covid-delayed recycling road show set to get underway   Listenfacebook
The World Green Organisation is encouraging people to recycle plastic containers, and hopes to promote the idea through a series of recycling road shows that it will be hosting from next month. It collected more than 300,000 plastic bottles during similar events last year and hopes to further ease the pressure on landfills this time around. Janice Wong asked the green group’s chief executive, William Yu, if it expects to collect even more bottles this year: