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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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Shot student ‘flees’ into exile’  Listenfacebook
A student who was shot in the chest by police during last year's anti-government protests has reportedly fled Hong Kong. This emerged after the 19-year-old failed to show up to court to face charges of rioting and assaulting the police. Jimmy Choi has the details:
Police urged to apologise for doxing reporter  Listenfacebook
The Privacy Commissioner has found that a police officer who displayed a reporter's ID card to a live-streaming camera at a Tai Po protest last year, breached privacy laws. The Hong Kong Journalists Association says the police owe the reporter, Ronson Chan from Stand News, a formal apology. Priscilla Ng reports:
CHP hopeful HK has turned the tide on 4tth wave of Covid-19  Listenfacebook
Health authorities say they are “cautiously optimistic” that Hong Kong is beginning to see a drop in Covid-19 infections. The city recorded 63 new cases on Tuesday, the lowest number in a month. Cecil Wong reports.
Concerns grow over recent arrivals from Britain   Listenfacebook
Two of the ten imported cases confirmed on Tuesday were recent arrivals from the UK, where a new and more infectious strain of the coronavirus has emerged, prompting Hong Kong to temporarily bar all travel from the country. Infectious disease experts are urging the government to analyse all samples from Covid patients who've come from Britain, to find out if they are carrying the new variant. Violet Wong has the story:
France agrees to reopen English channel traffic   Listenfacebook
France started letting road freight from Britain back into the country on Wednesday, provided drivers produce proof of a negative coronavirus test issued within the previous 72 hours. The new conditions apply to French and European citizens, anyone normally resident in the EU, lorry drivers and fishing boat crews. Links between France and Britain were closed on Sunday because of the spread of the new strain of Covid-19 in southeast England. London correspondent Gavin Grey told Mike Weeks more about the deal to get freight moving again:
Taiwan sees first Covid case in eight months  Listenfacebook
Taiwan has reported its first local coronavirus transmission since mid-April. It's a major blow to the island which has been lauded for its pandemic response. Wong Yin-ting reports:
Benefits of vaccine ‘massively outweigh’ risk of allergic reaction   Listenfacebook
Allergists from two medical concern groups have urged members of the public to get vaccinated against Covid-19, assuring them that severe allergic reactions are extremely rare. The Hong Kong Allergy Association and the Hong Kong Institute of Allergy say while severe adverse reactions have been reported overseas, these only happen in rare cases and are to be expected. Janice Wong asked Dr Philip Li - a specialist in immunology and allergy at the University of Hong Kong – what ingredients in vaccines might trigger allergic reactions:
Police hunt gang of killers   Listenfacebook
Police are hunting for a group of masked assailants who killed a 57-year-old man in a brutal knife attack in Fanling on Tuesday. Natale Ching reports:
Blacklisting of flying service expected to have limited impact   Listenfacebook
The head of a specialist political and corporate risk consultancy says Washington's move to include Hong Kong's Government Flying Service on a blacklist of Chinese and Russian entities with alleged military ties will have some impact on the department, but it should be only limited. It's part of efforts by the Trump administration in its waning days to blacklist a whole host of Chinese entities. Steve Vickers, the chief executive of Steve Vickers & Associates, spoke to Annemarie Evans about the blacklisting of the flying service, which will restrict it from buying a wide range of US goods and technology:
Government urged to fight for better water deal   Listenfacebook
An expert who advises the government on Hong Kong's water supply is urging the administration to angle for a better agreement with Guangdong on purchasing water from the Dongjiang river. Edwin Lau says the deal on the table now, which will come into force next year and be effective until 2030, gives the SAR insignificant savings even if the SAR ends up using less water that the agreed maximum. The Green Earth founder says the deduction could amount to just HK$324 million, or 0.7 percent of the total bill. Lau spoke to Mike Weeks: