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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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Mandatory testing at buildings with Covid cases in four or more flats  Listenfacebook
Health officials plan to order residents of any buildings that report four or more unlinked coronavirus cases to be tested for the disease. But as Wendy Wong reports, that threshold may change depending on how the outbreak develops in Hong Kong:
Richland Gardens residents quarantined  Listenfacebook
The new policy on Covid-19 testing at residential buildings came after a cluster of cases were confirmed on Thursday at Richland Gardens, in Kowloon Bay. All those who live in flats D of Block 6 in the estate have been ordered to go into quarantine. Experts warned the virus could be spreading through sewage pipes in their building, raising the spectre of the Amoy Gardens Sars outbreak 17 years ago. Some people who live in two other blocks have also been ordered to undergo testing as a precaution. Violet Wong reports:
CUHK develops new Covid test to help children and the elderly  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong health workers have conducted thousands upon thousands of Covid-19 tests since the pandemic erupted, but it's not always easy to get a good sample. Some methods, such as sticking swabs in a patient's throat or up their nose, aren't exactly comfortable. But now researchers at The Chinese University say they've come up with a way to obtain samples that's just as accurate as existing methods but easier on the patient. Professor Simon Lam from the university's department of paediatrics is part of the research team. He told Ben Tse how it works:
HK visa exemptions for US diplomats revoked  Listenfacebook
Beijing has revoked visa exemptions for US diplomatic passport holders visiting Hong Kong or Macau. It's also slapped reciprocal sanctions on unnamed US officials and politicians. This follows Washington’s move to impose financial sanctions and travel bans on more than a dozen Chinese officials. Priscilla Ng has the details:
Confusion over Canadians held by Beijing  Listenfacebook
Canada's foreign ministry says it has confirmed with Beijing that two Canadian men detained on the mainland for the past two years have not gone on trial. It issued the statement on Thursday after a Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman said that the pair – Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor - had faced court. Cecil Wong reports:
Government ‘deplores’ UK minister’s meeting with Nathan Law  Listenfacebook
The government has condemned Britain after the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, met campaigners including exiled activist Nathan Law in London. As Jimmy Choi reports, the use of the SAR's flag at the get together has particularly angered the authorities here:
Legco apologises for flying the flag upside down  Listenfacebook
The Secretariat of the Legislative Council has apologised for an incident on Thursday morning where the national flag at Legco Square was flown upside down by mistake for almost two hours. Jimmy Choi reports:
Five charged with rioting over station vandalism   Listenfacebook
Police have re-arrested five people and charged them with rioting, more than a year after they were first detained in connection with vandalism at an MTR station in Tuen Mun. Jimmy Choi reports:
Extended maternity leave could see migrant workers sacked   Listenfacebook
A four-week extension to statutory maternity leave came into force on Friday, meaning expectant mothers can now take 14 weeks off work, rather than ten. That's good news for most women. But an NGO warns the extension could end up costing migrant workers their jobs. Catherine Gurtin, the CEO of PathFinders spoke to Violet Wong:
EU makes preparations for no-deal Brexit   Listenfacebook
The European Commission has set out proposals to ease the worst effects of a rupture with Britain, if the two sides fail to conclude a post-Brexit trade deal. UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, said on Thursday there's “a strong possibility” that his government won’t reach a trade deal with the European Union before the current transition ends in three weeks' time. But he also said that wasn't necessarily “a bad thing”. Mike Weeks asked London-based correspondent Gavin Grey what Mr Johnson meant by that:
Operation Santa Claus: Tsang Pik Shan School   Listenfacebook
Operation Santa Claus is RTHK’s annual charity campaign co-organised with the South China Morning Post. One of this year's beneficiaries is the Tsang Pik Shan School in Ma On Shan, which has devised a unique programme to bring together pupils and the community in a range of new ways. Teacher Cliff Yeung told Radio 3's Hugh Chiverton about the scheme, called Simple Technical Self Development: