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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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TKO tunnel construction halted again by coronavirus  Listenfacebook
Work on the Lam Tin-Tseung Kwan O Tunnel has been suspended for the second time in a month because of an outbreak of Covid-19 at the construction site. Health officials have ordered some 1,500 workers to undergo a second round of coronavirus testing. As Violet Wong reports, 11 workers at the site have so far tested positive or preliminary positive for the disease:
FS expects vaccines to spur a second half rebound  Listenfacebook
The Chief Secretary, Matthew Cheung, has warned people to be extra vigilant, saying coronavirus cases could rebound again after the Christmas and New Year holidays. He urged people to take the Covid vaccines when they become available so that Hong Kong could, as he put it, get started again. Financial secretary Paul Chan also sees inoculation as key to the SAR's economic recovery, as Priscilla Ng reports:
Researchers say majority of HK people don’t trust the government  Listenfacebook
University researchers have described Hong Kong as a “powder keg waiting to go off". They warn that social unrest may return at any time after a study carried out by the Chinese University found that an overwhelming majority of senior school students have little trust in the government. The researchers say this can only be rebuilt by officials respecting the views of others and owning up to their mistakes. Jimmy Choi has the details:
Government has ‘to work hard’ to win back trust   Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on New Year's Eve that her “biggest hope for 2021 is social harmony”, so that the government and public bodies will have more room to do “pragmatic things for Hong Kong". But university researchers say this will only happen if officials respect the views of others and own up to their mistakes. Mike Weeks asked Paul Yip, a professor at the University of Hong Kong's Department of Social Work and Social Administration, if Lam's hope for harmony in 2021 will require more from her and her government than just a wish:
Help urged for families of activists jailed in Shenzhen   Listenfacebook
Three family members of some of the ten young Hong Kong activists sentenced to prison in Shenzhen last week have arrived in the neighbouring city hoping to visit their loved ones. But they have to complete 14 days of quarantine first. Former lawmaker Chu Hoi-dick, who's assisting the families, called on the Hong Kong government to help them. He told Jimmy Choi that the relatives are lost and have no idea what they need to do next:
Markets ‘looking past’ the pandemic to better times  Listenfacebook
2020 was a Covid-fuelled roller coaster ride for investors. But for many it was also a good year, with the Dow Jones and S&P 500 ending it at record highs and all the three major US equity indexes notching up solid-to-spectacular yearly gains. Economies around the world were battered by the onslaught of the pandemic, but with vaccines now being rolled out in many places, and the uncertainty of a US presidential election and a Brexit trade deal behind us, is 2021 shaping up for better things? Mike Weeks asked RTHK's Washington-based international economics correspondent, Barry Wood: