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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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Anti-Covid measures to be tightened from Wednesday   Listenfacebook
Restaurants will have to close at 10pm from Wednesday and sit just two people per table again; swimming pools and karaoke lounges will be shut; and civil servants will again work from home. These are just some of the stepped-up anti-pandemic measures the government has announced to try contain the dance-studio led surge in coronavirus. Timmy Sung has the details:
Fourth restaurant added to mandatory testing list  Listenfacebook
Another Hong Kong restaurant has been put on a watchlist after a number of staff and customers came down with Covid-19. Seventy-six new infections were reported on Monday, more than half of them linked to the dance-studio cluster. Wendy Wong reports:
Restaurants say stricter measures will cost them HK$6b in December   Listenfacebook
The president of the Federation of Restaurants, Simon Wong, says the new restrictions on its members will see them lose about HK$6 billion worth of business this month, prompting another wave of lay-offs and business closures. Wong told Frances Sit that the government and landlords need to offer more help to the struggling catering industry:
HK told to brace for ‘further escalation’ in coronavirus cases  Listenfacebook
A University of Hong Kong miccrobiologist has warned that the tightened measures may not keep a lid on infections because the coronavirus again appears to be circulating in the community. But Dr Siddharth Sridhar told Annemarie Evans they are needed:
Students worried school closures will affect their grades   Listenfacebook
The latest school closures ordered from Wednesday aren't going down well with many children. Some of them told RTHK they are worried that their exam preparation and grades will be hit. Jimmy Choi has more:
More support urged for carers facing mandatory testing  Listenfacebook
Welfare minister Law Chi-kwong says the government is planning to give at least HK$200 a month in transport subsidies to care home staff so they can get tested for Covid-19. All staff are required to take regular tests as a precaution against bringing the coronavirus into the homes, where elderly or disabled residents are particularly susceptible to the disease. The minister says sending out teams to test them at the care homes isn't feasible because there are thousands of workers. Janice Wong asked former Labour Party lawmaker and social work academic Fernando Cheung if the subsidy will be enough:
Three acquitted of defrauding Convoy Global   Listenfacebook
The District Court has acquitted three people of a multi-million dollar fraud at the financial advisory firm, Convoy Global Holdings. Among them was doctor-turned-businessman Roy Cho. Timmy Sung reports:
Prosecution fails to prove students obstructed roads  Listenfacebook
Two University of Hong Kong students have been acquitted in Eastern Court of obstructing roads near their campus during the citywide strike by anti-government protesters last November. Frances Sit has the details:
More tit-for-tat sanctions announced  Listenfacebook
Beijing says it will impose sanctions on four people linked to US groups that promote democracy over what it called interference in Hong Kong affairs. Cecil Wong reports:
RCEP membership ‘would be more symbolic than material’ for HK   Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, says Hong Kong has gained the support of the Central People’s Government and several neighbouring countries to join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, or RCEP - the Beijing-led pact to promote free trade in the region. Lam told an on-line Belt and Road Summit that the SAR is the ideal partner for those who want to leverage on the Belt and Road initiative, thanks to its financial professionals and free flow of capital and information. Mike Weeks asked David Dodwell, executive director of the Hong Kong-APEC Trade Policy Study Group, why the SAR wouldn’t have the support of Beijing and other RCEP members, given the bilateral trade ties it already has with many of them: