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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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UK flights banned over mutant coronavirus  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong has banned all flights from Britain until further notice after the UK government revealed that a more infectious variant of the coronavirus was spreading out of control there. As Frances Sit reports, health officials say the new strain hasn't been found here so far:
New Covid-19 variant ‘may’ already have spread far and wide  Listenfacebook
Medical experts have welcomed the ban on flights from the UK now imposed by dozens of countries and territories around the world to try to head off the more virulent strain of coronavirus that is spreading rapidly in Britain. But they suspect it may already be too late as the new variant has already been found elsewhere in Europe and Australia. Professor Benjamin Cowling, who heads the division of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Hong Kong's school of public health, spoke to Mike Weeks about the spread of the mutant coronavirus:
Travellers unimpressed by quarantine period extension   Listenfacebook
Some travellers who arrived in Hong Kong from the UK on Monday, hours before the travel ban kicked in at midnight, were not impressed by the news that they must now spend an extra week in quarantine, on top of the two weeks they had planned for. Wong Yin-ting reports:
Testing ordered for three more housing blocks  Listenfacebook
The Hospital Authority has stepped up security after a Covid patient escaped from hospital last Friday. The move was announced as residents of three more public housing blocks across Hong Kong were ordered to undergo mandatory testing following a spike in coronavirus cases in their buildings. Damon Pang reports:
Christmas pandemic relief approved   Listenfacebook
The Legislative Council has approved the government's latest round of Covid-19 relief measures. This will provide HK$5.5 billion to sectors most affected by the latest anti-epidemic restrictions, such as restaurants, gyms, beauty parlours and cinemas. Joanne Wong reports:
Court of Final Appeal decides mask ban was constitutional   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's top court has come down in favour of the government over the mask ban it imposed at the height of last year's protests. Five Court of Final Appeal judges unanimously ruled that the ban on masks at both authorised and unauthorised rallies was proportionate. The court also threw out a challenge by pan-democrats to the constitutionality of the use of the colonial-era Emergency Regulations Ordinance. Jimmy Choi has more on the judgment:
Political pressure accusations fly after mask-ban ruling   Listenfacebook
The government welcomed the Court of Final Appeal ruling on its mask ban. It said that in emergencies, the Chief Executive should have the power to enact needed regulations. But those who mounted the failed legal challenge said the judgment failed to provide justice for the people of Hong Kong. Vicky Wong reports:
Challenge over police treatment of reporters dismissed   Listenfacebook
The High Court has dismissed a challenge by the Hong Kong Journalists Association over claims that police acted unlawfully by failing to make sure the media could carry out their duties in reporting on protests. Judge Anderson Chow decided that the allegations weren't something that could be dealt with by judicial review, even if they were reasonably arguable. Timmy Sung reports:
Families of HK activists appeal to be allowed to attend their trial  Listenfacebook
The families of the 12 young Hong Kong activists detained in Shenzhen have urged the authorities to arrange for them to attend their expected trial. Wong Yin-ting reports:
Unhealthy pandemic living raising cancer risks   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong hasn't been forced yet to implement a complete lock down during the ongoing pandemic. But most people have been spending a lot more time holed up at home this year, which in itself may pose a significant health risk. That’s according to the Hong Kong Anti-Cancer Society, It conducted a survey last month and found that half of the 1,000 respondents became less physically active during serious outbreaks. Dr Rico Liu, who chairs the society's cancer education committee, told Janice Wong more about the study: