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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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Experts say no direct link between vaccination and man’s death   Listenfacebook
A panel of experts says the death of a 63-year-old man on Sunday two days after his inoculation for Covid-19 is very unlikely to be linked to the Sinovac jab he was given. They believe he died of a heart attack, as Cecil Wong reports:
Unrelated deaths ‘bound to happen’ during vaccination campaign  Listenfacebook
A former head of the Centre for Health Protection, Dr Thomas Tsang, says the government has done a great job in coming out with a quick conclusion on the death of a 63-year-old man two days after he was inoculated against Covid-19. Tsang, who’s a member of the vaccination programme task force, told Janice Wong he agreed with the expert panel’s findings:
Government urged to give clearer information on vaccine side-effects  Listenfacebook
The chairman of Hong Kong Patients' Voices, Alex Lam, says the government needs to do a better job in clearly explaining the possible side effects of the available coronavirus vaccines, if it wants to allay people's concerns. He spoke to Jim Gould:
Court to rule on reporting restrictions on marathon bail hearing  Listenfacebook
Some of the lawyers for the 47 pro-democracy politicians and activists charged with subversion in connection with last summer's opposition primaries have asked for reporting restrictions to be lifted on the marathon bail hearing. They want to shine a light on the handling of the national security case. The hearing will resume for a fourth day at West Kowloon court on Thursday morning. Here's Jimmy Choi:
DoJ criticised over case planning for 47 pro-democracy defendants   Listenfacebook
The treatment of the 47 pro-democracy defendants during the bail hearing in their national security case has raised serious concerns. Several of them have been sent to hospital suffering from exhaustion during the proceedings, which enter their fourth day in West Kowloon court on Thursday. The defendants are also said to have been deprived of a chance to shower or even change clothes. Senior Counsel Anita Yip says this seems to be an infringement of very basic human rights. She spoke to Mike Weeks about the marathon hearing:
Sixteen-year-old rioter locked up  Listenfacebook
A 16-year-old boy has been sent to a detention centre for rioting and throwing a petrol bomb during a protest in 2019. He's the youngest person so far to admit taking part in a riot during the social unrest. Frances Sit reports:
Leave granted for review of blocked debate on policing  Listenfacebook
The High Court has granted permission to Southern District Council chairman Lo Kin-hei to challenge a decision by its secretary last year not to facilitate a council discussion about policing. Richard Pyne reports:
CY Leung refuses to rule out comeback  Listenfacebook
Former chief executive CY Leung has opened the door to a possible return to the top job, refusing to rule out seeking a second term in an interview with the Reuters news agency. Priscilla Ng reports:
Free tours and staycation discounts in the pipeline   Listenfacebook
The Tourism Board says it's planning to offer tens of thousands of free Hong Kong tours and discounted hotel stays for people who spend at least HK$800 at local shops. But it hasn't set a date yet for the giveaways, saying that depends on when Covid-19 is brought under control. Priscilla Ng reports:
Restaurants raise concerns over new Covid rule  Listenfacebook
A catering industry representative says it'll be difficult for small restaurants to have dedicated staff to clear tables. Simon Wong says they just don't have the manpower to comply with the new anti-epidemic rule. Wendy Wong reports:
Hepatitis expert will be difficult to replace  Listenfacebook
The president of the Hong Kong Public Doctors’ Association, Arisina Ma, says the University of Hong Kong’s decision not to renew the contract of renowned hepatitis expert, Professor Lai Ching-lung, will have a big impact on the medical community. The university’s selection and promotion committee is reported to have decided not to extend the part-time contract for the 73-year-old chair of medicine and hepatology. Ma called it a surprising decision. She told Richard Pyne that it needs further explanation: