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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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Families of HK activists urge Shenzhen court to quick sentencing   Listenfacebook
The families of ten young Hong Kong activists, whose trial for illegally entering mainland waters was held in Shenzhen on Monday, have appealed to the court not to drag its feet in handing down sentences so that their children can return to Hong Kong as soon as possible. At the end of the one-day hearing, the court said only that a verdict would be announced at a later date. Timmy Sung has more:
Political sensitivity ‘preventing’ speedy sentencing of HK 12   Listenfacebook
A Shenzhen court says it will hand down verdicts at a later date on ten of the 12 young Hong Kong activists caught allegedly trying to flee to Taiwan in August. They are said to have pleaded guilty to illegal border crossing at their trial on Monday. Their families have complained that the court proceedings were not open, questioning claims that relatives had been allowed to attend the trial. They said they had no idea who these people were. Former lawmaker Chu Hoi-dick has been helping the families of the 12. Mike Weeks asked him what he made of the lack of an official verdict, given that the activists are said to have admitted their guilt:
Wuhan Covid citizen journalist jailed for four years   Listenfacebook
her critical reporting of the initial outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in Wuhan. The trial of Zhang Zhan lasted just three hours, as Vicky Wong reports:
Clearer rules for patient procedures welcomed by hospital staff   Listenfacebook
The president of the Public Doctors' Association, Arisina Ma, has welcomed the Hospital Authority's decision to step up infection control at all public hospitals following the super-spreader outbreak that's infected some staff at United Christian Hospital (UCH) and forced dozens of others into quarantine. A second test will now be conducted on patients who display Covid symptoms two days after they are admitted, and people granted hospital visits on compassionate grounds will also be asked to take a coronavirus test. Medical staff have been told to wear extra personal protective equipment. Ma spoke to Cecil Wong about the new guidance and the situation at UCH:
CHP says immigration camp outbreak unlikely   Listenfacebook
Health authorities have played down the possibility that Covid-19 is spreading in immigration holding centres after a second Vietnamese detainee came down with the disease in as many days. Candice Wong reports:
Government urged to speed up testing around community clusters  Listenfacebook
Residents of Fung Chak House, in Choi Wan Estate, have been told to take a coronavirus test by New Year's Eve after the virus was found in sewage samples from the public housing block. Anyone living in the building or who's visited it since December 15 now has to submit to mandatory testing. The order came after microbiologist Ho Pak-leung added his voice to calls for the government to enlist the help of the disciplined services to track down close contacts of Covid patients and ensure people exposed to the virus are tested within 24 hours. He says authorities are taking too long to test high-risk people. Joanne Wong reports:
2020: a Covid-driven year of hardship  Listenfacebook
Covid-19 has devastated Hong Kong's economy this year, shutting down much loved restaurants, bars and businesses for good. Cathay Dragon jets will never again grace the city’s skies, with its pilots and cabin crew joining the ever-lengthening ranks of the unemployed. The jobless rate is at 6.3 percent and probably rising despite the government pouring hundreds of billions of dollars into job retention and other relief measures. Timmy Sung takes a look back at a pandemic-driven year of hardship:
Chemist pieces together dead student’s final movements   Listenfacebook
The Coroner’s inquest into the death of Chow Tsz-lok has heard from an expert witness that someone, believed to be the university student, was caught on camera walking alone from the second to the third floor of a Tseung Kwan O car park. He told the court the footage was recorded just seconds before Chow's apparent fall to his death. Jimmy Choi reports:
Democratic Party’s Lam Cheuk-ting charged over ICAC witness  Listenfacebook
Former Democratic Party lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting has been arrested and charged with revealing the identity of a person under investigation by the ICAC. Damon Pang reports:
24-year-old found guilty of rioting  Listenfacebook
The District Court has cleared six people of rioting during a protest in Causeway Bay in August last year, but convicted one man of the charge after noting that he had tried to run away from the police. Candice Wong reports:
Demolition halted by unearthing of Victorian reservoir  Listenfacebook
Questions are being raised about plans to demolish a service reservoir at Bishop Hill, in Shek Kip Mei, after its Roman-style architecture dating back to before the First World War was unearthed. The Water Supplies Department, which is in charge of the site, has paused the work while the Antiquities and Monuments Office assesses the reservoir structure. Sham Shui Po District councillor Kalvin Ho told Janice Wong what he discovered when he visited the site: