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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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Airport quarantine centre staff come down with Covid-19   Listenfacebook
Health officials have moved around 100 people who were being quarantined at AsiaWorld Expo into different halls, after a worker at the temporary treatment facility was confirmed to have Covid-19. Two of his co-workers returned preliminary positive tests for the virus. In total, 95 infections were confirmed on Sunday, more than a third of which were untraceable. Violet Wong reports:
MTR starts doling out Covid-19 test kits  Listenfacebook
The MTR Corporation began distributing Free Covid-19 testing packs on Monday as part of government efforts to screen people for the virus. Some 10,000 specimen collection packs will be available each day through vending machines on concourses at 10 MTR stations. Todd Harding has the details:
Infections expert worried another dance-class cluster could be brewing   Listenfacebook
A government adviser on the pandemic says the tough anti-epidemic measures imposed in Hong Kong in July should be brought back to contain the latest wave of infections. University of Hong Kong professor Yuen Kwok-yung says the city is only halfway through "the Covid-19 marathon”, and urged people to have a quiet Christmas at home. Professor Benjamin Cowling is also at the University of Hong Kong, a co-director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control. Mike Weeks asked him if he agreed with Yuen on the need for tighter restrictions:
US set to approve Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Thursday   Listenfacebook
After becoming the first country to give the green light to the Pfizer-BioNTech covid vaccine, the UK is set to begin its vaccination programme on Tuesday. Russia also began distributing its Sputnik V vaccine over the weekend. Regulators in the European Union and the United States have not yet signed off on the use of vaccines, but they're expected to do so soon. Mike Weeks asked RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, if the UK approval of the vaccine put pressure on US regulators:
Tourism Board looks to innovate when virus stabilises  Listenfacebook
The Tourism Board is looking at new ways of promoting Hong Kong since large-scale events have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The board announced on Friday the scrapping of the New Year's Eve fireworks and the Chinese New Year parade, and said there would be no Christmas tree installation in Statue Square in Central. Jimmy Choi reports:
Police cite security law for freezing Ted Hui’s funds  Listenfacebook
The police say they're investigating whether former lawmaker Ted Hui, who fled into exile last week, breached the national security law and was involved in money laundering. The force said this was why his bank accounts containing HK$850,000 have been frozen. But Hui says HSBC has unlocked some of his funds. Candice Wong reports:
Police chief says Hui should feel ashamed for fleeing  Listenfacebook
Police Commissioner Chris Tang has made a very thinly veiled attack on Ted Hui for jumping bail and fleeing into exile. In an interview aired on Sunday, he said: "he has failed himself, his family, and many youngsters in society.” Tang also admitted there were inadequacies in how the force handled the Yuen Long station mob attack last year. Violet Wong reports:
Telephone scams more than double this year   Listenfacebook
Police say con artists are coming up with new and inventive ways to cheat people out of their hard-earned money through phone scams. Some are even accusing victims of violating the national security law to scare them into handing over cash totalling more than $420 million dollars this year. Timmy Sung reports:
Key issues still be to ironed out in last-ditch Brexit talks   Listenfacebook
The UK and the European Union restarted talks in Brussels on Sunday in a last bid to try to clinch a Brexit trade deal. If there is no agreement by the end of this month, border checks and taxes will be introduced for goods travelling between Britain and the EU. The talks resumed following a weekend phone call between British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. Janice Wong asked London-based correspondent Gavin Grey if there‘d been a breakthrough during that conversation: