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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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Tests ordered instead of lockdowns at infected estates  Listenfacebook
Thousands of people have been ordered to get mandatory coronavirus tests as infection clusters grew in two housing blocks in Kwai Chung and Ma On Shan and a Shatin department store. But the authorities decided on Wednesday against using their new powers to impose any lockdowns that would have required everyone involved to stay put until they test negative. Frances Sit reports:
Decision not to lockdown stricken estate makes sense ‘at this stage’  Listenfacebook
A total of 104 Covid-19 infections were confirmed on Wednesday, 99 of them locally acquired. Four more residents at Block 8 of Kwai Shing West Estate came down with the disease. Despite that, infectious diseases expert Dr Leung Chi-chiu told Richard Pyne he thinks the government has struck the right balance in ordering mandatory tests but not sealing off the Kwai Chung estate:
Mandatory testing of cabbies begins   Listenfacebook
Taxi drivers across Hong Kong started undergoing mandatory coronavirus tests at 13 centres across the territory on Wednesday. But as Natale Ching reports, not all of them were happy about having to take part:
Legco considers holding online meetings  Listenfacebook
A host of businesses and public facilities will close indefinitely from Thursday as the government attempts to rein in the coronavirus outbreak. The tougher social distancing measures are even affecting the Legislative Council, which is considering holding some meetings online. But as Frances Sit reports, these sessions won't be considered official:
Covid cases in Chengdu trigger mass testing   Listenfacebook
In Chengdu, more than a quarter of a million people have been tested for Covid-19, after a handful of people were confirmed to have the disease in the Sichuan capital. Timmy Sung has the details:
UN rights chief talks about ‘chilling effect’ of security law on HK   Listenfacebook
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, says the arrest and imprisonment of activists in Hong Kong has had a "chilling effect". She expressed concern about "the rapidly shrinking civic and democratic space", especially since Beijing imposed its national security law on the SAR. Bachelet was asked about the situation in Hong Kong at her year-end press conference in Geneva:
Agnes Chow denied bail for second time in a week  Listenfacebook
Demosisto co-founder Agnes Chow was again denied bail, as she returned to court on Wednesday, a week after being jailed over a 2019 protest. A High Court judge said she didn't think the activist's appeal against her prison sentence had a reasonable chance of success, as Violet Wong reports:
Ronny Tong asks why Jimmy Lai hasn’t appealed for bail   Listenfacebook
Wednesday’s High Court decision to deny 24-year-old democracy campaigner Agnes Chow bail was just the latest in a series of such decisions which have left Next Digital founder Jimmy Lai and People Power vice chairman Tam Tak Chi languishing in prison. But while Chow's appeal against sentence might have stood little chance of success, could the same be said for the case against Lai over using his firm’s headquarters for purposes not permitted by the lease? Mike Weeks asked barrister and executive councillor Ronny Tong:
Lawyer and insurance agents held over investment scam   Listenfacebook
Twenty-four people have been arrested for alleged money laundering and fraud in what police described as a $475 million investment scam. Officers say the suspects lured victims, chiefly from the mainland, into investing in the fund but embezzled the money for their own use. Wong Yin-ting reports:
‘Brokentooth’ slapped with US sanctions  Listenfacebook
One of Macau's most notorious gangsters has been hit with sanctions by the US Treasury Department in what Washington says is an anti-corruption move. Steve Dunthorne has the story: