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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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Reclamation Street residents ordered to undergo testing   Listenfacebook
An outbreak of Covid-19 at an old tenement in Jordan worsened on Tuesday, with 10 more residents living in partitioned flats confirmed to have the disease. They were among the 60 new coronavirus cases for the day. Richard Pyne has the details:
Alarm raised over potentially low take-up rate for Covid vaccinations   Listenfacebook
Researchers at the Chinese University have urged the government to step up efforts to clear up misunderstandings about coronavirus vaccines. That's after a survey they carried out found only about a third of the more than 1,000 people questioned said they'd be willing to have the jabs. One of those involved in the study, Professor Martin Wong from the university's faculty of medicine, spoke with Janice Wong. She began by asking him why so few people here seem happy to be inoculated:
Government urged to tightly control Chinese New Year  Listenfacebook
An infectious-disease expert is urging the government to consider shutting down more traditional Lunar New Year activities, as a precaution against a resurgence of Covid-19. Dr Joseph Tsang warns that contact tracing would be next to impossible if there were to be an outbreak at a packed temple. Violet Wong has more.
Carrie Lam defends mass round-up of opposition camp  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, has defended the arrests of 55 pro-democracy figures last week by national security police. She dismissed suggestions the round-up of the opposition was aimed at silencing dissent. Jimmy Choi reports:
CE says district councillors should take oath of allegiance  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam says district councillors and members of the committee that elects Hong Kong’s top official should be required to take an oath of office. The national security law states that public officers should take such an oath. But speaking at her Tuesday stand-up before meeting her Executive Council, Lam admitted there are varied definitions of “public officers” in local laws. Richard Pyne reports:
Police investigate attack on university security   Listenfacebook
Police chief Chris Tang has condemned Monday’s attack by a group of black-clad people on security guards at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. One student from the university has been arrested so far. A large group of officers conducted investigations on campus on Tuesday, taking photos and interviewing security staff. Wendy Wong has more details:
21-year-old convicted over Harbour City protest  Listenfacebook
A 21-year-old man has been sentenced to six months in prison for resisting police during an anti-government protest on Christmas Eve, in 2019. Vicky Wong reports:
Fears of further delay in handling Snowden refugee’s sanctuary claim  Listenfacebook
A human rights lawyer is calling for an explanation as to why a new panel has been assigned to decide whether to approve his client's asylum application, fearing it may further delay a decision they've been waiting on for more than three years. His client is one of a group of asylum seekers who helped shelter American whistleblower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong, in 2013. Richard Pyne reports:
Hong Kong 12 lawyer accuses mainland officials of harassment  Listenfacebook
One of the mainland lawyers hired by family members of the 12 young Hong Kong activists arrested in mainland waters by the Guangdong coast guard last year has complained of harassment by officials. Lu Siwei is scheduled to attend a hearing in Chengdu on Wednesday, proceedings that could see him stripped of his legal licence. Candice Wong reports:
Govt defends year-long delay in extending old-age travel scheme  Listenfacebook
The government has defended its plan requiring people who are 60-64 to get a personalised Octopus card before they can ride on public transport for HK$2. It says the current arrangement is ripe for abuse. But lawmakers have slammed the administration for an expected one-year delay in expanding the scheme to the over-60s. Violet Wong reports:
WhatsApp users warned over new data sharing terms  Listenfacebook
A cyber security expert is warning people against sending sensitive personal data, like photos or passport and ID card information, via WhatsApp to reduce the risk of their details being leaked. The popular messaging app is requiring all users to agree to new terms under which it would share a host of user data with its parent company, Facebook. The social media giant has given assurances that it won't be able to access the phone contact list of users, but Anthony Lai - founder of the research group VXRL - says it's better to be cautious. He told Damon Pang it is hard to tell how Facebook will use the new information it obtains.