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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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Reopening requirements cause chaos at testing centres   Listenfacebook
Many leisure businesses that have been closed during the pandemic can finally reopen their doors on Thursday. They include cinemas, gyms, beauty salons and theme parks. Social distancing measures will also be relaxed at restaurants, which will be able to seat four people at a table instead of only two and host diners until 10pm. But with the easing of measures also comes the requirement that staff must have a negative Covid-19 test and must be tested every fortnight. That's already causing confusion and chaos at testing centres across Hong Kong, as Jimmy Choi reports:
Covid cases drop to single digits for first time in three months   Listenfacebook
Just nine new Covid-19 infections were confirmed on Monday. It’s the first time since November that the number has dropped to single digits. Only four of the cases were locally acquired. Despite that, authorities are warning that infections could rebound following the Lunar New Year holidays. Joanne Wong reports:
Unions unite to press for pandemic unemployment relief   Listenfacebook
Although the Financial Secretary has signalled there'll be no more handouts in next week's budget, both the pro-Beijing Federation of Trade Unions (FTU) and the pro-democracy Confederation of Trade Unions (CTU) are calling for help for those who've lost their jobs during the pandemic. The FTU wants the government to give such workers up to HK$9,000 a month for six months, while the CTU is urging it to pay the unemployed and underemployed up to 80 percent of their lost income, to a maximum of HK$16,000 a month, also for six months. CTU chairwoman Carol Ng told Joanne Wong that many sacked workers can no longer support themselves:
RTHK suspension of BBC raises new questions about HK’s autonomy  Listenfacebook
Friday's decision that RTHK would follow Beijing's ban on the BBC by suspending the overnight relay of its World Service radio output and its Cantonese News Weekly programme took many by surprise, including it seems the government broadcaster itself. The European Union said the move reflected the further erosion of rights and freedoms in Hong Kong. Regular RTHK contributor and legal academic Danny Gittings spoke to Mike Weeks about the move:
Police chief refuses to comment on stun gun reports  Listenfacebook
A civil rights group says the police need to explain why it's necessary to buy stun guns when the force is already equipped with various non-lethal weapons. The force hasn't commented on media reports suggesting stun guns had been bought. Robert Kemp has the details:
Guidelines published on gifts for teachers   Listenfacebook
When you think about teachers who have a good relationship with their students, one scene that might come to mind is kids leaving an apple on a teacher's desk. All good and wholesome you might think. But if this happens, and the teacher then shows signs of favouritism towards the student, that may legally constitute a bribe. Well to better educate teachers about how they might inadvertently break the law, the Independent Commission Against Corruption has issued new guidelines especially for kindergarten staff and parents to keep them on the straight and narrow. Violet Wong reports:
Government urged to action over holiday styrofoam mountain   Listenfacebook
A group of district councillors is calling on the government to step up recycling of styrofoam boxes at wet markets. They say a huge number of the non-biodegradable boxes were sent to landfills over the Chinese New Year holidays. Timmy Sung reports:
New WTO head inherits ‘poison chalice’ on US-China trade   Listenfacebook
The former Nigerian finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has become the first woman and the first African to be appointed as director-general of the World Trade Organisation. She says she hopes the WTO can be very helpful in bringing the US and China together to try to resolve their long-running trade dispute. Mike Weeks asked RTHK’s Washington-based international economics correspondent, Barry Wood, about the challenges in trying to achieve that goal: