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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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Seven more venues caught up in dance-studio Covid cluster   Listenfacebook
The coronavirus outbreak linked to dance studios is continuing to rapidly grow. Fifty of the 73 infections confirmed on Monday are linked to the venues, while more studios have been added to the swelling cluster. Wendy Wong reports:
Government urged to expand definition of party rooms   Listenfacebook
People who've been to 14 dance studios across Hong Kong this month face a Tuesday deadline to get a coronavirus test or face a fine as the cluster linked to the clubs continues to grow. Seven more dance venues were added on Monday to the infection hot-spot list. Patrons of them have until Thursday to undergo a mandatory Covid-19 test. Infectious disease experts are also pressing the government to tighten regulation of all dance venues, as Jimmy Choi reports:
Return2HK begins smoothly  Listenfacebook
More than 2,000 Hong Kong residents returned from Guangdong and Macau on Monday on the first day of a new scheme that exempts them from quarantine. About 1,800 arrived via Shenzhen Bay Port while more than 300 crossed the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. Some of them told RTHK they were thrilled to be back, even though they know a fourth wave of coronavirus infections is hitting the territory. Maggie Ho reports:
No means testing for Covid cash  Listenfacebook
The government has given more details of its HK$5,000 handout for people who test positive for Covid-19. It says only those who suffer a substantial drop in income because they can't continue working are eligible, and they'll have to make a declaration to that effect. But there will be no means test. As Candice Wong reports, authorities played down the risk that the scheme could be abused after some suggested the subsidy could give people an incentive to get infected:
Covid cash ‘very helpful’ for grassroots  Listenfacebook
So, how much will this HK$5,000 handout help, and will the threat of criminal liability for false declarations deter people from taking up the offer? Janice Wong asked Sze Lai-shan, from the Society for Community Organisation, if the subsidy will really help grassroots families:
UK discusses removal of judges from HK’s top court   Listenfacebook
London says it's reviewing whether to continue allowing British judges to sit on Hong Kong's top court as it again accused Beijing of breaching its commitments to the SAR. The UK Foreign Office made the remarks in its six-monthly report on the implementation of the Sino-British Joint Declaration on Hong Kong. Candice Wong has details:
Bar calls for action over Ta Kung Pao cartoon   Listenfacebook
The Bar Association has demanded that the Secretary for Justice take action against the Ta Kung Pao newspaper for its criticism of a High Court judge. This was over last week's ruling by Mr Justice Anderson Chow that the practice of officers to not wear ID during protests, and the police complaints mechanism, are in breach of the Bill of Rights. The Bar noted that the pro-Beijing newspaper's headline on Friday read "Thugs rule, no human rights for policemen", and was accompanied by a cartoon of a protester demanding an officer show him his ID number because "the judge backs" him. Its vice-chair, Anita Yip, told Annemarie Evans this verges on contempt of court:
Former Demosisto leaders could face three years behind bars  Listenfacebook
Pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow and Ivan Lam were remanded in custody on Monday after pleading guilty to charges over a major protest outside police headquarters last year. The trio are expected to be sentenced on December 2. Frances Sit reports:
Joshua Wong’s corporal punishment claims dismissed   Listenfacebook
The Correctional Services Department has dismissed claims by activist Joshua Wong that one of its officers imposed corporal punishment on a national security suspect, Tony Chung, who's in detention pending his next court appearance. Timmy Sung has more.
Lack of awareness threatens rich Pak Nai ecology   Listenfacebook
Pak Nai in Yuen Long is famous for its picturesque sunsets. Photographers have long flocked to the Deep Bay wetland area to capture stunning images. Conservationists also prize it for its rich, biodiverse ecosystem. It's one of the few coastlines in Hong Kong where horseshoe crabs can still be seen. But environmentalists say more needs to be done to preserve the coastal area which - like many rural Hong Kong beauty spots - has seen a surge of visitors this year during the coronavirus epidemic. But Marine Thomas, a project manager at The Nature Conservancy, told Mike Weeks this is just one of the issues Pak Nai faces: