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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Samantha Butler and Janice Wong


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Another patient critically ill after Sinovac jab  Listenfacebook
Health authorities have reported that another man became seriously ill, days after taking a Sinovac vaccine against Covid-19. He's thought to have suffered a heart attack, but there's no indication yet whether it has anything to do with the vaccine. Damon Pang reports:
Lack of data ‘not a reason’ to pause inoculation  Listenfacebook
The minister in charge of the vaccination programme, Patrick Nip, has played down concerns that it may not be suitable for elderly people to receive the mainland-made Sinovac jab. The Civil Service chief says experts concluded that the benefits outweighed the risks. Jimmy Choi reports:
Teachers' union disagrees that educators are 'high-risk'  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's biggest teachers' union has expressed concern that the government could force teachers to take Covid vaccines, after they were added to a list of priority groups being encouraged to accept free inoculations. The Professional Teachers' Union disagrees with the official position that teachers are in a higher-risk category, noting there have been no documented cases so far where teachers have spread the virus. The union's vice president, Ip Kin-yuen, told Janice Wong that it was most important for teachers to decide for themselves if they want to be vaccinated.
Covid restaurant cluster increases to four  Listenfacebook
Health officials are investigating another suspected Covid-19 outbreak at a restaurant, this time in Causeway Bay. One patient in the cluster had dined at a Tsim Sha Tsui restaurant that suffered a major outbreak. It comes as Hong Kong reported 21 new cases on Tuesday. Damon Pang reports:
Beijing launches world’s first vaccine passport  Listenfacebook
China has launched a health certificate programme for international travellers from the mainland, in what's thought to be the world's first known 'virus passport.' Priscilla Ng reports:
Self-exiled Ted Hui moves to Australia  Listenfacebook
Former pro-democracy lawmaker, Ted Hui, has announced he and his family are to settle in Australia, after Canberra gave an exemption to its closed border policy. In a Facebook post on Tuesday announcing his move, Hui said Australia and New Zealand were important members of the Five Eye intelligence sharing group that includes the United States, United Kingdom and Canada - which has endorsed the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong. Timmy Sung reports:
Long Hair given leave to appeal over file snatching  Listenfacebook
Former lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung has been given the go-ahead to launch an appeal over his 2016 Legco file-snatching case. As Richard Pyne reports, it's the first time the Court of Final Appeal has been asked to consider the conduct of a legislator at a Legco meeting.
19-year-old cleared of rioting  Listenfacebook
A student has been acquitted of rioting in Causeway Bay two years ago, after the District Court cast doubt on the testimony of the police officer who made the arrest. Frances Sit reports:
CE says electoral reform ‘completes restoration of order’  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam says she’s happy Beijing is changing Hong Kong’s electoral system to make sure only "patriots" can rule the territory, and the move will bring "political safety". She made the comments in an interview with state broadcaster CCTV. Maggie Ho reports:
Hong Kong faces ‘violent turbulence’ without reform  Listenfacebook
Beijing has told foreign diplomats in Hong Kong not to interfere in its plans to overhaul the SAR's electoral system. The changes are expected to be completed within the year so they can be adopted for the next Chief Executive election in March 2022. Vicky Wong reports:
Xinjiang firms seek compensation over forced labour claims  Listenfacebook
The Communist Party's official news outlet in Xinjiang says unidentified companies from the area have filed a domestic civil lawsuit seeking unspecified compensation from a US-based human rights researcher. They say the researcher, Adrian Zenz's reports of forced labour being used in the region's cotton industry are untrue, and have led to economic losses. Vicky Wong reports:
Survey shows employment outlook remains grim  Listenfacebook
A new survey shows Hong Kong has the worst employment outlook among seven Asia-Pacific countries and territories in the second quarter. According to the study of 136 local companies by the Manpower Group, 22 percent say they want to hire more people, compared with 24 percent that plan to lay off some of their staff. That's a net employment outlook of minus-2 percent. Taiwan tops the list with a figure of plus 24 percent. A senior vice president of Manpower Group, Lancy Chui, told RTHK's Natale Ching that the retail and service sectors are among the hardest-hit in Hong Kong by the Covid-19 pandemic.