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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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Teacher testing mainstay of school re-opening plan   Listenfacebook
The government has unveiled plans for full resumption of classes sometime after the Lunar New Year if teachers and staff at schools get tested for Covid-19 and continue with testing every two weeks. But the city's largest teachers' union is cool to the idea, as Damon Pang reports:
Lockdowns fail to find Covid cases as infections drop to 19   Listenfacebook
Coronavirus lockdowns imposed on Wednesday night at buildings in To Kwa Wan and Chai Wan failed to find any new infections among the more than 2,000 residents tested. The results from a third residential block sealed off for screening in Tuen Mun had not been released by 8:45am on Thursday. The latest lockdowns came as confirmed Covid-19 cases dropped to 19 on Wednesday, a two-and-a-half-month low. But health officials cautioned that the local outbreak has yet to be brought under control. They also revealed that one man died of coronavirus after repeatedly missing the chance for a diagnosis. Wendy Wong reports:
Delay to reopening sports facilities ‘sensible’   Listenfacebook
The government says some outdoor sports venues will re-open next Tuesday, instead of Thursday morning as was previously announced. Tennis courts, running tracks and cycling parks are among the facilities that will again be available. But users will be required to use the government's "LeaveHomeSafe" tracing app or submit their personal information in case there's a need to contact them. Exercise groups will be limited to two. Julien Baker, who heads the sports department at the Baptist University, told Janice Wong the government is wise to be cautious in reopening sports facilities:
Restaurants and bars propose evening opening trial   Listenfacebook
There's still been no move on easing restrictions on restaurants and bars, despite renewed appeals from the industry for an expansion of their services over Chinese New Year. Candice Wong has the details:
Civil servants ‘strongly encouraged’ to use tracing app   Listenfacebook
The government has urged its staff to use its "LeaveHomeSafe" tracing app when they go to work to help fight the spread of the coronavirus. But one union boss described the measure as "little more than window dressing". Natale Ching reports:
Junius Ho calls for ultimatum to banks over US sanctions   Listenfacebook
Lawmakers have urged the administration to do more to push back against US sanctions imposed on Chief Executive Carrie Lam and other local officials. One of the govetrnment's backers, Junius Ho, says banks need to be given an ultimatum: ignore Washington's sanctions or face new ones from Hong Kong. Frances Sit reports:
Move on BN(O) recognition leaves ethnic minorities unable to travel   Listenfacebook
The recent move by Beijing and Hong Kong to stop recognising the British National (Oversea) passport as valid travel and identification documents was in retaliation for Britain's decision to offer a BN(O) pathway for citizenship for Hong Kong people following the imposition of the national security law here. But this has had a perhaps unintended consequence for Hong Kong's ethnic minorities, many of whom rely on BN(O) passports as their sole travel document. Payal Biswas, a project manager from Hong Kong Unison, told Mike Weeks they are fearful as they are from countries which do not allow dual citizenship and naturalisation is a complicated process:
CUHK says it won’t condone lawlessness   Listenfacebook
The Chinese University of Hong Kong says it will not condone unlawful activities, breaches of its regulations, or tolerate disruption of campus operations. This is in response to the violent anti-government protests at the university just over a year ago, and last month's attack on campus security. Jimmy Choi reports:
No plans to privatise RTHK   Listenfacebook
The administration says it has no plans to privatise RTHK, despite concerns that its role as a public broadcaster conflicts with its status as a government department. Timmy Sung has the story:
HK01 news cuts dozens of staff   Listenfacebook
The online news outlet, HK01, has sacked more than 40 workers in what it describes as a 'strategic restructuring' of its operations. Damon Pang reports: