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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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North Point lockdown finds no new infections  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong has seen its second "ambush-style" coronavirus lockdown this week. The government closed down Tung Fat Building, on Kam Ping Street in North Point, at 7pm Thursday, forcing residents to stay at home and undergo mandatory testing. The operation ended at just after 7am on Friday. The Civic Party district councillor for the area, Lee Yue-shun, spoke to Mike Weeks just afterwards:
Questions grow about use of ‘ambush’ lockdowns   Listenfacebook
Some residents of Tung Fat Building, in North Point were caught off guard when the government closed down the block on Thursday night, forcing them to stay at home and undergo mandatory testing. But as Candice Wong reports, questions were already being raised then about the effectiveness of such operations:
Funeral association urges discretion during lockdowns  Listenfacebook
A funeral industry representative says an "ambush-style" lockdown of an area of Hung Hom, that’s already covered by heightened Covid testing rules, would affect the services of dozens of funeral businesses. As Jimmy Choi reports, the industry says it understands the government's desire for secrecy on such operations but says the impact on their business and bereaved families also needs to be considered:
New coronavirus cases fall by a third, but officials urge vigilance  Listenfacebook
Health officials have urged the public to remain vigilant after confirmed Covid-19 infections dropped by a third on Thursday, saying the virus is still being transmitted widely in Hong Kong. They made the appeal as people living in a second block in Laguna City, in Lam Tin, were ordered to undergo mandatory testing following three positive tests in their building. Wendy Wong reports:
Fewer than half of HK people now willing to get inoculated  Listenfacebook
University of Hong Kong researchers say there's been a substantial drop in the number of people who say they are willing to take vaccines against Covid-19. The searchers say that of the three vaccines procured by the government, faith in the mainland-developed Sinovac is the lowest, as Violet Wong reports:
Action plan ‘needed’ to achieve carbon neutrality  Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong government has been urged to roll out aggressive policies to cut greenhouse gas emissions and roll back projects considered highly polluting - such as the huge Lantau Tomorrow Vision reclamation plan - in order to meet its goal of carbon neutrality before 2050. The NGO, CarbonCare InnoLab, says the policies must be part of the climate action plan, due to be released in a few months from now, if the city is to meet the 2050 target. Mike Weeks asked the green group's research director, John Sayer, if that’s at all likely now:
No foreign judges involved in first test of national security law   Listenfacebook
Media tycoon Jimmy Lai’s bail application is to be heard in the absence of an overseas non-permanent judge at Hong Kong's top court. The judiciary announced the rare arrangement on its website days before the hearing next Monday. Lai is accused of foreign collusion under the national security law. University of Hong Kong law professor Simon Young told Janice Wong that the move is quite unusual:
Cancer-stricken activist jailed for insulting national flag   Listenfacebook
Veteran activist Koo Sze-yiu has been sentenced to four months in prison for desecrating the national flag. In handing down sentence, the judge said Koo's actions were clearly intended to insult the symbol of the nation. Jimmy Choi reports:
Sentence appeal sees 16-year-old protester locked up  Listenfacebook
The Court of Appeal has quashed a probation order imposed on a teenage school student for assaulting a police officer during a protest 15 months ago, and instead ordered him to be sent to a rehabilitation centre for an undetermined length of time. Jimmy Choi has the details:
Doxxing hotline launched   Listenfacebook
The Privacy Commission has launched a dedicated hotline for complaints and enquiries about doxxing. That's despite the number of such cases it dealt with last year plunging by 76 percent from 2019. Damon Pang reports:
Director of Broadcasting urged to intervene over Nabela Qoser  Listenfacebook
RTHK's staff union has called on the Director of Broadcasting to "right the wrongs" of the station management's treatment of reporter Nabela Qoser. Dozens of RTHK employees staged a protest at the public broadcaster's Kowloon Tong headquarters in support of Qoser, who was recently stripped of her civil service contract. Vicky Wong reports: