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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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Face-to-face teaching to be suspended for the year   Listenfacebook
All schools are to halt in-person classes for the rest of the year after authorities confirmed 115 Covid-19 infections on Sunday, the highest total in almost four months. But as Wendy Wong reports, the suspension will only take effect on Wednesday to give schools some time to make the necessary arrangements to shift teaching on-line again for the third time in 2020:
Care home workers face mandatory coronavirus tests  Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital in Happy Valley says it will finish screening its staff for Covid-19 on Monday. Two tested positive after an elderly patient died in the private hospital last week of the disease. At the same time, the government has revealed it will test staff at most care homes for coronavirus over the first two weeks of December. The Secretary for Welfare, Law Chi-kwong, said those who refuse may be barred from going to work. Maggie Ho reports:
Kindergartens press for better access to flu vaccine   Listenfacebook
The government has been urged to improve its flu vaccination programme by supplying local kindergartens with jabs, instead of leaving them to scramble for vaccines in the open market. Maggie Ho reports:
CE says students won’t be forced to go on mainland study trips  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, has dismissed suggestions that her administration is somehow trying to root out students who took part in last year's anti-government protests by sending them on field trips to the mainland. This was part of a sweeping revamp of Liberal Studies announced in her Policy Address last week. As Frances Sit reports, Lam said no one would be forced to go on such trips:
Pan-democrats prepare to say goodbye to Legco   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong politics will enter an unprecedented era on Tuesday: the Legislative Council will officially be without any pan-democrats for the first time since the handover. That's after the camp's lawmakers quit en masse earlier this month in protest at Beijing's disqualification of four of its members. With their resignations set to formally take effect when the clock strikes midnight on Monday, two of the legislators spoke to our reporter Frances Sit about their time in the council and what's next for them:
Biden’s bid to restore US world leadership ‘will’ clash with China’s wishes  Listenfacebook
With Donald Trump still refusing to concede defeat in the US presidential election, concerns are growing about the problems he could cause for US president-elect Joe Biden in foreign affairs in the two months left of his presidency. Last week's unexpected visit to Taiwan of US Navy Rear Admiral Michael Studeman, the top military intelligence official in the Indo-Pacific command, was seen as an indication of things we might expect before Trump finally leaves the White House. Mike Weeks asked China specialist, Professor Willy Lam, what he made of Studeman’s visit:
Trump admits little chance of Supreme Court election challenge  Listenfacebook
President Trump on Sunday carried out his first interview since he lost the US election earlier this month. Speaking to Fox News, he again made unsubstantiated claims that the vote was rigged, and refused to give a deadline for when he might drop his legal challenges or concede defeat. Trump said “everyone knows it [the election] is tainted.” Mike Weeks asked RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, if that’s really what most Americans believe:
Operation Santa Claus: Sowers Action  Listenfacebook
Operation Santa Claus, the annual fundraising drive jointly organized by RTHK and the SCMP is underway. This year it’s supporting 19 charities. One of the beneficiaries is Sowers Action which is helping children of low income families with their homework. Radio 3’s Noreen Mir spoke to Rita Lam, the chair of the group’s executive committee: