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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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Government urged to tighten quarantine measures  Listenfacebook
Polytechnic University researchers have found that covid tests at the airport are not picking up a substantial number of imported infections, possibly because of "false negatives". Eight more were confirmed on Monday, involving passengers from the US, Spain, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and the Philippines, but there were no new local infections. The researchers studied more than 250 imported coronavirus cases since September, and found that at least 27 percent were only confirmed during quarantine. One of the researchers, Dr Gilman Siu, said this "worryingly" high percentage shows quarantine measures for arrivals need to be tightened. Jim Gould asked him why there were so many false negatives:
Doctors seek more clarity on testing order   Listenfacebook
The president of the Medical Association, Dr Choi Kin, is calling on the government to set out a specific list of symptoms that patients must exhibit before their private doctors have to instruct them to take Covid-19 tests. Health Secretary Sophia Chan has said doctors should use their medical judgement to decide who needs to be tested, and suggested that doctors who don’t tell their patients to do so could be censured by the medical watchdog. But Choi told Janice Wong the government should have consulted doctors over the plan:
Deadly fire highlights safety issues in old buildings   Listenfacebook
The nearly 20 victims of a deadly fire in a Jordan tenement block on Sunday night were believed to have been celebrating Diwali and a birthday. As Priscilla Ng reports, the tragedy has again turned the spotlight on fire risks in Hong Kong's older buildings:
Derelict condition of old tenement blocks ‘nothing new’  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong’s Nepalese community is in mourning following the deaths of seven of its members in a fire in a four-storey tenement block on Canton Road on Sunday. The tragedy has focused attention on fire risks in older buildings. Social worker Jeffrey Andrews told RTHK he hopes it acts as a wake-up call for Hong Kong authorities. Andrews, who is helping the affected community, spoke with Mike Weeks, about the fire:
Chow Tsz-lok’s father appeals for witnesses to his son’s death   Listenfacebook
The father of a university student who died following an anti-government protest last November has urged anyone who saw what happened to his son to contact him. He issued the appeal on Monday as an inquest opened into the death of 22-year-old Chow Tsz-lok, who was found with massive head injuries in a car park in Tseung Kwan O and died in hospital four days later. Jimmy Choi reports:
Journalists call on Carrie Lam to honour pledge on press freedom  Listenfacebook
Eight Hong Kong media groups have urged Chief Executive Carrie Lam to meet them to discuss their concerns over the prosecution of RTHK's Bao Choy. They say the case against the journalist is not in the public interest and must be dropped. Maggie Ho reports:
Teacher speaks up after being struck off   Listenfacebook
A primary school teacher who was struck off last week for making up historical facts has acknowledged he made mistakes, but says he was actually hired to teach English and computers studies, as Damon Pang reports:
Freed protester re-arrested over crowdfunding   Listenfacebook
Police have arrested a 30-year-old man on suspicion of money laundering, suggesting his alleged crime is somehow linked to a recent crowdfunding exercise he launched. He is believed to be a former teacher, who served a short spell in detention for assaulting a police officer at the height of last year's anti-government protests. Priscilla Ng reports:
HK Express crew asked to choose between pay and jobs   Listenfacebook
Pilots and cabin crew from another of Hong Kong's airlines are facing a choice between steep pay cuts or losing their jobs. HK Express says it needs to make deep cuts to reduce its losses, as Joanne Wong reports.
Insects, hair and plastic found in pre-packed pasta   Listenfacebook
The Consumer Council has called on food manufacturers to step up quality control after finding fragments of insects in all of the pre-packed pasta that it tested. Many also contained other contaminants, as Violet Wong reports: