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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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Quarry Bay outbreak sends schoolchildren into quarantine  Listenfacebook
A growing Covid-19 outbreak at a Quarry Bay apartment building has prompted authorities to order a partial evacuation, while some 130 students and teachers at a school have been quarantined. Frances Sit reports:
No cases found in Monday night lockdowns   Listenfacebook
Lockdowns at two buildings in Jordan and Sham Shui Po came to an end on Tuesday morning after residents were tested overnight for coronavirus. But no new infections were found. University of Hong Kong microbiologist Ho Pak-leung earlier raised more questions about the government strategy. He said authorities should act more quickly, and target high-risk places like construction sites, as Damon Pang reports:
Further changes to Working Family Allowance ruled out   Listenfacebook
The government has rejected demands for extra allowances for recipients of its subsidy for low-income families despite the hardships caused by the pandemic-driven recession. Welfare chief Law Chi-kwong says doing that would turn it into another CSSA scheme. Timmy Sung reports:
Waste charging remains the cornerstone of new reduction plan   Listenfacebook
The government has unveiled a new plan for waste reduction that aims to cut the amount of rubbish people throw away by 40 to 45 percent before 2035. The long-term aim is to replace Hong Kong's overflowing landfills with modern incinerators that generate energy from out waste. Candice Wong reports:
Greeners Action says education vital to boost recycling  Listenfacebook
The executive director of Greeners Action, Angus Ho, says more details are needed on how the government plans to achieve its goal of cutting household refuse by 40-45 percent in the next 14 years. He told Janice Wong the target is not new and that such solid waste has actually been increasing, in recent years:
Core gang members rounded up in illegal gambling raids   Listenfacebook
The police say they arrested 81 people in raids on more than a dozen illegal gambling establishments on Hong Kong Island last week. Officers say those who ran the dens also offered their customers free drugs, including low-quality methamphetamine. Jimmy Choi has the details:
Boarding issues blamed for overcrowding on smaller East Rail trains   Listenfacebook
The MTR's new shorter trains for the East Rail line went into service at the weekend but ran into a hitch on their first working day on Monday, as a mechanical fault briefly disrupted travel. The rail operator is slowly introducing the nine-carriage trains to replace the old 12-carriage trains to prepare for the line's future extension to Hong Kong Island. But some passengers are worried that the trains will become even more crowded. Transport expert Hung Wing-tat told Mike Weeks that although a reduction in headway between trains could allow for an increase in capacity, longer boarding times have become an issue:
Myanmar’s military leader tries to justify coup   Listenfacebook
Myanmar's military ruler has addressed the nation for the first time since the army seized power last week. In a televised speech, General Min Aung Hlaing sought to justify the coup saying civilian leaders had failed to hold a proper election last November. Action is also being stepped up to try to curb the growing demonstrations across Myanmar in protest at the military take over. RTHK’s Southeast Asia correspondent Larry Jagan told Mike Weeks more about the general’s address: