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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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Processing of subversion charges against 47 heads into second day   Listenfacebook
The court processing of national security charges against 47 former opposition lawmakers and other pro-democracy activists will drag on through a second day at least. They were remanded ahead of the resumption of the hearing at 11.30am on Tuesday. Carolyn Wright reports:
Warning flag raised as hundreds rally to support the 47   Listenfacebook
Hundreds of people gathered outside the court for most on Monday to show their support for the 47 defendants facing prosecution over last summer’s opposition primary elections. At one point, police warned the crowd that they stood to be arrested themselves under the national security law after some shouted slogans from the 2019 protests. But they peacefully dispersed early Monday evening, as Wong Yin-ting reports:
Xia Baolong labels three NSL defendants ‘most vicious traitors’   Listenfacebook
Mainland officials and pro-establishment figures meeting in Shenzhen have reportedly agreed that electoral reform must be undertaken to ensure patriots rule Hong Kong. State media said participants at the high-powered gathering also concluded that national education must be boosted and the right political talent chosen to strengthen governance in the SAR. Cecil Wong reports:
CUSU leadership resigns   Listenfacebook
The newly-elected leaders of Chinese University's student union have resigned en masse, saying they no longer have a mandate to continue after they were pressured into withdrawing their manifesto. Violet Wong reports:
Covid-19 infections drop to 14  Listenfacebook
New coronavirus cases fell by a third on Monday, as health authorities investigated whether an elderly man was suffering side effects from a coronavirus vaccine when he became ill after receiving the jab. He's now in a stable condition in hospital. Candice Wong reports:
Stagnant air suspected in K11 Musea cluster   Listenfacebook
Microbiologist and government pandemic advisor Yuen Kwok-yung says bad ventilation at a Tsim Sha Tsui restaurant may have caused the large coronavirus outbreak there. Nearly 50 cases - including customers, staff and their close contacts - have now been linked to Mr Ming's Chinese Dining in the K11 Musea mall, as well as one preliminary positive case. Maggie Ho has that story:
Expert says delays make covid tests meaningless   Listenfacebook
The government's facing heavy criticism over serious delays in sending out coronavirus test results. People say they're waiting days to find out if they're infected or not and an expert says this makes the testing meaningless. Wendy Wong reports:
BioNTech found to cut hospitalisation by 80 percent   Listenfacebook
Just ahead of Wednesday’s opening of bookings for the BioNTech covid vaccine in Hong Kong, there's been some very positive news about use of the inoculations in Britain. Data from Public Health England shows a single shot of Pfizer-BioNTech or Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine reduces the chance of needing hospital treatment by more than 80 percent. And this is based on people over 80. Mike Weeks asked London-based correspondent Gavin Grey why the data focused on the elderly:
Patrick Nip ignores Ta Kung Pao attack to promote official   Listenfacebook
Civil Service Secretary Patrick Nip has defended the promotion of a former director of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, who was the target of an attack by a pro-Beijing newspaper. Joanne Wong reports:
New DB pledges to safeguard RTHK’s editorial independence  Listenfacebook
The new Director of Broadcasting has vowed to uphold editorial independence on his first day in the job. But Patrick Li also emphasised the importance of RTHK fulfilling its editorial responsibilities, insisting there's no "freedom without restraint". Wendy Wong has more:
Myanmar military ‘aims’ to keep Aung San Suu Kyi out of power  Listenfacebook
Myanmar's ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been seen for the first time since she was detained in a military coup. She appeared in court via video link on Monday to face two further charges. They were levelled as her supporters continued to march in several towns and cities in defiance of a brutal crackdown by the military junta. At least 18 people died on Sunday as troops and police fired live bullets at demonstrators in cities across Myanmar. Jim Gould asked RTHK's Southeast Asia correspondent Larry Jagan how Suu Kyi looked during her court appearance: