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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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Four infections found in Sunday lockdown of three buildings   Listenfacebook
Three blocks of flats in Mong Kok, Quarry Bay and Hung Hom were cordoned off on Sunday night for "ambush-style" coronavirus testing. Four preliminary positive cases were found. But the measures seem to be having little impact on overall infections, which climbed on Sunday to 27. The new cases included a pregnant woman, whose family member caught the virus but concealed the fact that they lived together. Violet Wong reports:
BPA calls for testing follow-ups on lockdowns  Listenfacebook
The overnight lockdowns of Hoi Yu House, Wai Lee Building and Cheong Lok Mansion in Mong Kok, Quarry Bay and Hung Hom came after the government announced on Saturday that it would take such measures at any building that has at least one confirmed coronavirus case. Dr Jeffrey Pong, the convenor of the pro-establishment Business and Professionals Alliance's health services panel, backed the tougher campaign. On Sunday, he told Violet Wong that he wants those living directly above or below confirmed Covid patients to face more follow up tests:
Government urged to provide more help for the jobless   Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Council for Social Service says the coronavirus-driven recession has dragged more than 92,000 families below the poverty line. The NGO is calling on the government to beef up support for what it describes as the unemployed middle class, saying many of those out of work don't get enough help from Hong Kong’s existing welfare system. Jimmy Choi reports:
Students urge authorities to withdraw liberal studies reforms  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Education, Kevin Yeung, denies the government is trying to pressure teachers by conducting school visits to check how they'll cope with a revamp of Liberal Studies. A consultation paper on the revamp has been sent to schools, with the amended curriculum to be introduced as early as September. Natale Ching reports:
Organiser of June 4 vigil barred from Chinese New Year market  Listenfacebook
The group that organises the annual June 4 candlelight vigil says it's worried it will never be allowed to run a booth at a Lunar New Year flower market again, after it was banned from doing so for the first time in 32 years on Saturday. Authorities ordered the Alliance in Support of Democratic Patriotic Movements in China to leave the booth at Victoria Park, accusing it of violating the terms and conditions of the fair by displaying banners that were not related to flower sales. Alliance chairman Lee Cheuk-yan says they'd never heard such an accusation before. He told Candice Wong he believed it was related to the national security law:
Efforts ‘intensifying‘ to suppress opposition fundraising   Listenfacebook
Democratic Party chairman Lo Kin-hei has accused the government of suppressing opposition voices, after an online radio host was arrested for a second time by national security police, while out on bail. Wan Yiu-sing - also known as Giggs on the internet radio channel D100 - was previously detained for alleged links to a fundraising campaign for young Hong Kong protesters who want to study in Taiwan. Freelance journalist Chris Yeung spoke to Mike Weeks about his arrest:
Police warn over ‘killing pigs plate’ scams  Listenfacebook
The police say a growing number of Hong Kong people are falling victim to a hybrid mix of romance and investment scams, known among Chinese speakers as “killing pigs plate”. There were 181 such cases last year, with people losing HK$85 million in total. Timmy Sung takes a closer look:
Constitutional arguments to dominate start of Trump’s impeachment trial  Listenfacebook
The second impeachment trial of Donald Trump, will get underway in in the US Senate on Tuesday. RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, told Mike Weeks that the former US President’s legal team is expected to object to the trial on procedural grounds: