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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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School campus closed as untrackable covid cases rise   Listenfacebook
A secondary school is shutting its doors again for a fortnight after authorities confirmed on Thursday night that one of its intern teachers has come down with coronavirus. Sample bottles will be distributed to all students at the Heep Yunn School in Ma Tau Wai for voluntary tests. Earlier, seven new Covid-19 infections were confirmed, six of them of unknown source. Health authorities also reported 16 imported cases. Vicky Wong reports:
Kindergartens to shut for a fortnight from Saturday  Listenfacebook
Face-to-face teaching at all kindergartens and daycare centres will be suspended for two weeks from Saturday, because of outbreaks of upper respiratory tract infections. The government says almost 2,000 children have fallen ill in outbreaks across the city. Dr Siddharth Sridhar, an assistant professor in the University of Hong Kong's department of microbiology, says usually, these outbreaks aren't cause for concern. But he told Ben Tse things are different during a pandemic:
Pro-democracy camp resigns from Legco over disqualifications   Listenfacebook
The British government summoned the Chinese ambassador on Thursday to express its concern about the disqualification of four Hong Kong opposition lawmakers, which triggered the resignation from the Legislative Council earlier in the day of the entire pro-democracy camp. The UK Foreign Secretary said the new rules laid out by the National People's Congress Standing Committee, which cleared the way for the ejection of the four, were a clear breach of the legally binding Sino-British Joint Declaration on Hong Kong. But Beijing has rejected international criticism of the dismissal of Kenneth Leung, Alvin Yeung, Dennis Kwok and Kwok Ka-ki, claiming they threatened national security. On Thursday morning, its Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office condemned pan-democrat lawmakers for their plan to resign en masse in protest. It called it an open challenge to Beijing's powers and the authority of the Basic Law. But the 15 remaining pro-democracy lawmakers were not deterred, as Priscilla Ng reports:
Basic Law heavyweight says NPCSC decisions can’t be challenged   Listenfacebook
The vice chairwoman of the Basic Law Committee, Maria Tam, says the four ousted lawmakers are free to challenge the decision to disqualify them in the courts. But she says they won't win, because the decisions of the National People's Congress Standing Committee "are not challengeable". Maggie Ho reports:
Violators of Basic Law are real wrongdoers: Wu Chi Wai   Listenfacebook
Most of the 15 pan-democrat lawmakers, who quit the Legislative Council on Thursday, said in their letters that their resignations would take effect from the start of December. Only Ted Hui and Claudia Mo are leaving earlier. So will that be the end of the camp after more than 23 years of fighting for greater democracy in Hong Kong? Mike Weeks asked the camp's convenor, Wu Chi-wai - the chairman of the Democratic Party - if it was a sad day for him and the other 14 legislators:
RTHK to broadcast national anthem every morning from next week   Listenfacebook
From November 16, RTHK will be playing a Government Announcement of Public Interest which includes the national anthem, at 8am every morning. The public broadcaster was informed of this earlier this month. It’s understood that Hong Kong's two commercial radio stations will also be airing it, although it's unclear from when. But the scheduled broadcasting of the national anthem is nothing new. Television stations have been playing the "March of the Volunteers" daily for over 15 years. And as Vicky Wong reports, once upon a time, the UK national anthem used to reverberate on local airwaves:
Teacher struck off over ‘factually incorrect’ classes  Listenfacebook
The government has struck off a primary school teacher over what it says were serious mistakes, peculiar learning materials and baseless ideas. Candice Wong reports:
Operation Santa Claus: Bring Me A Book Hong Kong  Listenfacebook
Operation Santa Claus 2020 is in full swing and this year is raising money for 19 charities. One of the projects is Bring Me A Book Hong Kong. Radio 3’s Steve James spoke to Pia Wong, executive director of the non-profit organisation, which is a leading advocate for family literacy in our community: