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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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Coronavirus-hit areas face week-long lockdown   Listenfacebook
The government now has the power to seal off places hit by Covid-19 for up to seven days, until tests are done on those who are affected. During that time, people will have to stay in those areas. The change to the law on disease control came into force just before midnight on Tuesday, while anti-pandemic restrictions will be further tightened on Thursday. Wendy Wong reports:
Kwai Shing estate residents back seal-off powers   Listenfacebook
The government insists no final decision has been made about locking down the coronavirus-hit Kwai Shing West Estate. But some residents of the estate told RTHK they would accept such an arrangement, as Timmy Sung reports:
Infection-control specialists sent to AsiaWorld-Expo   Listenfacebook
Nearly 20 residents of Block 8, Kwai Shing West Estate have now tested positive for Covid-19. Most of them live on the same floor. Health officials also reported three more cases linked to the Yata department store on Tuesday, while nine more health workers at AsiaWorld-Expo also came down with the disease. Infection-control specialists are now being sent to the airport quarantine facility, as Richard Pyne reports:
Fourth Covid wave putting ‘dangerous’ pressure on intensive care  Listenfacebook
In total, 100 new coronavirus cases were confirmed on Tuesday. All but five were locally acquired, 27 of them of unknown source. Arisina Ma, the president of the Public Doctors' Association, told Mike Weeks there is room for improvement in infection control at the AsiaWorld-Expo centre and other medical faciltiies in Hong Kong:
Inbound travellers face quarantine at designated hotels   Listenfacebook
As part of the tougher anti-coronavirus measures, people flying into Hong Kong will face stricter testing and will be taken to designated quarantine hotels. Wendy Wong has the details:
Government urged to reconsider unemployment handouts  Listenfacebook
Oxfam has renewed calls for the government to consider cash handouts for the unemployed, as people struggle from the economic impact of Covid-19. The charity says the Chief Executive's Policy Address did little to address the needs of the tens of thousands of people who've lost their jobs in the past year. It says three-quarters of them are getting no assistance from the government's welfare programme, the CSSA. Wong Shek-hung is acting director of Oxfam’s Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan Programme. Janice Wong asked her why the government should reconsider handouts:
Two members of protest-mediating church arrested   Listenfacebook
Police have arrested a former director and an employee of a church that helped mediate between officers and anti-government protesters during last year's unrest, on suspicion of fraud and money laundering. The force has also frozen five bank accounts as part of its investigation. Timmy Sung has the details:
CE blames Ted Hui for concerns over freezing of bank accounts   Listenfacebook
Concerns have been voiced about the police freezing of bank accounts without apparently going through any legal procedures. But on Tuesday Chief Executive Carrie Lam sought to blame former lawmaker Ted Hui for any damage done to confidence in Hong Kong's financial system by the freezing of funds belonging to him or his family. Hui fled into exile last week; and Hong Kong’s leader said his word could not be trusted:
Former legislators and others arrested over July 1 protests   Listenfacebook
Police charged eight pro-democracy activists, including three former lawmakers, on Tuesday over their alleged involvement in unauthorised protests on July 1. Priscilla Ng has the details:
Doctor gets 3.5 years for deadly beauty procedure  Listenfacebook
A doctor who killed a patient by injecting her with contaminated blood products during a beauty procedure has been jailed for three and a half years. Wong Yin-ting reports:
Bus attacker found guilty of murder   Listenfacebook
A man who stabbed his former girlfriend to death on a bus three years ago has been convicted of murder. Timmy Sung reports:
Operation Santa Claus: Hand On Hong Kong  Listenfacebook
Operation Santa Claus is now in full swing. Jointly organised by RTHK and the SCMP, this year it’s supporting 19 charities. One of the beneficiaries is Hands On Hong Kong, which runs a project called “Care Delivered” with another charity, Feeding Hong Kong. Radio 3’s Angie Man talked to both project organisers to find out how their joining forces is helping some of Hong Kong's most vulnerable to cope with Covid-19: