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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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Toilets investigated as Jordan-Yau Ma Tei outbreak grows  Listenfacebook
Covid-19 infections are set to jump to more than 80 on Monday as health officials grow increasingly concerned about the spread of the virus in Yau Tsim Mong. Almost 100 people have now come down with the disease in the southern district of Kowloon in just over a week. Robert Kemp reports:
Elderly, frontline medical staff to be first in line for vaccination   Listenfacebook
Executive Council member Lam Ching-choi says the government will deploy medics to give Covid-19 vaccinations at elderly care homes when the inoculation programme finally begins in Hong Kong after the Lunar New Year. Frances Sit has the details:
Unemployment set to surpass Sars high  Listenfacebook
As Hong Kong continues to grapple with the fourth wave of Covid-19, the unemployment rate is set to pass the high hit 16 years ago following the outbreak of Severe Accute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars) in the city. That was revealed by the Financial Secretary, Paul Chan, ahead of the release of the year-end job numbers on Tuesday. Priscilla Ng reports:
Elderly fares could go up by half   Listenfacebook
The government says it may increase by as much as 50 percent the flat HK$2 fare elderly people have to pay for using public transport as it seeks to ease the burden this places on public finances. This came from the Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Law Chi-kwong. Carolyn Wright has the details:
Government urged to end the sale of ‘ding rights’  Listenfacebook
A land policy researcher has called on the government to do more to stop indigenous male villagers from selling their "ding rights" to developers to prevent abuse of the Small House Policy. Chan Kim-ching's comment comes after the Court of Appeal overturned a lower court ruling last week to restore the full rights of male indigenous villagers to build their own homes in the New Territories. Chan, from the Liber Research Community, told Jimmy Choi these small houses should be strictly limited to self-use, adding that the latest court ruling also failed to address the policy's inherently discriminatory nature:
Teresa Cheng says judicial system under political attack   Listenfacebook
Senior officials have strongly criticised people both in Hong Kong and overseas for making "inappropriate comments" about cases that are before the courts. They say remarks or actions that interfere with judicial independence are unacceptable. Frances Sit reports:
DC ‘dead still’ as security ramped up ahead of Biden inauguration  Listenfacebook
Law enforcement officers are out in force at state capitol grounds across the United States to deal with protests in the run-up to Wednesday's inauguration in Washington of president-elect Joe Biden. So far, calls for demonstrations have drawn only a small number of Trump supporters who continue to believe false claims that November's US Presidential election was rigged. Mike Weeks asked RTHK’s Washington correspondent Barry Wood what the atmosphere is like around the US capital:
US-China tensions to be more predictable but unchanged under Biden   Listenfacebook
President-elect Joe Biden is expected to hit the ground running when he takes over at the White House this week with details already emerging about a raft of executive orders he plans. He has also announced a US$1.9 trillion stimulus plan to help the country recover from the coronavirus pandemic. This already seems to have China's central bankers worrying. Mike Weeks asked China specialist Mark O'Neill why:
All but family barred from visiting Zhao Ziyang’s grave  Listenfacebook
Security was exceptionally tight at a cemetery in Beijing on Sunday, which was the 16th anniversary of the death of China's late reformist leader, Zhao Ziyang. Priscilla Ng reports: