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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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Tracking app made mandatory for easing of social distancing  Listenfacebook
The government plans to ease coronavirus restrictions after the Lunar New Year to allow beauty and massage parlours and entertainment venues to reopen and restaurants to serve dine-in customers until 10pm. But the easing comes with new conditions including regular tests for workers and mandatory use of its contact-tracing app. Jimmy Choi reports:
LeaveHomeSafe will be needed to enter government buildings   Listenfacebook
All staff and visitors who enter government buildings will be required to use the government’s LeaveHomeSafe app from next month or register their personal information. As Cecil Wong reports, the administration admits this may lead to longer waiting times for various services:
Restaurants ‘hungry’ for evening reopening  Listenfacebook
The president of the Federation of Restaurants, Simon Wong, says allowing eateries to host diners until 10pm is very welcome news for the industry. He told Janice Wong that it should help more than 2,000 restaurants survive:
Microbiologist says it’s good to spread the crowds out  Listenfacebook
Around 200,000 construction workers will be asked to take regular Covid-19 tests with only those who have a negative result in the previous two weeks allowed on building sites. The Construction Industry Council and the Construction Association say the scheme will begin next Tuesday, and will be fully implemented from February 22. A number of major virus outbreaks have been linked to building sites. Annemarie Evans asked University of Hong Kong microbiologist Siddharth Sridhar for his views on the easing of anti-pandemic measures and the government's plan to enforce contact tracing:
Experts want more answers from Sinovac  Listenfacebook
Experts advising the government on coronavirus vaccines say they've found that jabs produced by the mainland firm Sinovac are largely safe and effective enough to be used here. But the panel says it won’t make a final recommendation for another fortnight until it gets more data, as Violet Wong reports:
Review of maternity leave live-in requirement denied  Listenfacebook
The High Court has dismissed a challenge by a foreign domestic worker to the live-in requirement for helpers on maternity leave, which can effectively mean the separation of new-born babies from their mothers. Candice Wong has the details:
Separating mothers from babies ‘cruel and inhumane’  Listenfacebook
The spokesman for the Asian Migrants' Coordinating Body says the government should have the power to waive the live-in requirement for foreign domestic workers while on maternity leave. Eman Villanueva said it’s a basic human right for mothers to be able to spend time with their babies after birth. He told Mike Weeks the court’s decision not to allow a review of the requirement was very disappointing:
Complaint filed over police treatment of pregnant woman   Listenfacebook
A woman who said police officers pushed her to the ground and dragged her while she was heavily pregnant has filed a complaint with the force. She says the alleged assault led to the premature birth of her son, who is still in hospital. Vicky Wong reports:
Giggs denied bail   Listenfacebook
A radio host accused of acting with seditious intent has been denied bail during a hearing at West Kowloon court. Maggie Ho has the details:
Legal expert calls no-jury decision irrational  Listenfacebook
Legal scholar Eric Cheung has criticised a decision by the Department of Justice not to use a jury for the first trial under the national security law. But Executive Councillor Ronny Tong says the government has no choice because the case is highly sensitive. Vicky Wong reports: