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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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Covid cases stay in single digits   Listenfacebook
Just eight Covid-19 infections were confirmed on Sunday with only half of them locally acquired. Health officials also said the outbreak linked to a Sai Ying Pun fitness centre appears to have been contained. But they ordered 16 people arrested over an illegal assembly in Kwun Tong on Friday night into quarantine after one of the group tested positive for coronavirus. Frances Sit reports:
Bar industry losing faith in the government  Listenfacebook
Bar operators have warned that up to half their businesses are at risk of going bust if they are not allowed to reopen before Easter. As Damon Pang reports, they also urged authorities not to make their reopening dependent on vaccination take-up rates:
Medical expert advises a day off after second vaccine shot   Listenfacebook
An expert appointed by the government to look into Covid-19 vaccine reactions has urged people who are about to receive their second jabs to consider taking time off work. As Priscilla Ng reports, he says they are likely to suffer more side effects than when they got their first doses of vaccine:
Return to normal depends on herd immunity: Ben Cowling   Listenfacebook
The head of Qantas says "governments are going to insist" on vaccines for international travellers. Chief executive Alan Joyce said many governments are talking about vaccination and vaccination passports as "a condition of entry". But he said even if they aren't he believes the Australian airline should enforce its own policy. Joyce said 90 percent of people Qantas surveyed "think it should be a requirement for people to be vaccinated to travel internationally." University of Hong Kong professor and co-director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control, Benjamin Cowling, told Mike Weeks he is not convinced that proposed government talks over such passports will be able to move forward until local transmission is halted:
Pandemic brings ethnic divides into sharp focus  Listenfacebook
Local charities and community groups say language barriers were a big hindrance in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic in Hong Kong, as some ethnic minorities weren't immediately given proper health advice and warnings. As Richard Pyne reports, the Equal Opportunities Commission says the pandemic has brought into focus racial divides and injustices that continue to exist:
Bill to go after gangs ‘crucial’ to slow the illegal wildlife trade   Listenfacebook
The Legislative Council's environmental affairs panel is to discuss a proposal from DAB lawmaker Elizabeth Quat on Monday to amend the Organised and Serious Crimes Ordinance to include wildlife offences. It's something that Quat and conservation NGOs have long been calling for in order to strengthen Hong Kong's ability to tackle the trade in endangered wildlife. A report from the ADM Capital Foundation says the trade is continuing unabated and - for several notable species - has even increased. ADM's wildlife programme manager Sam Inglis, spoke to Janice Wong:
Mathew Cheung says electoral changes will enhance democracy  Listenfacebook
The Chief Secretary, Mathew Cheung, has rejected criticism of Beijing's overhaul of Hong Kong's electoral system. Despite moves to have an expanded election committee appoint or nominate all lawmakers in future, Cheung says the changes will "improve the quality of democracy here" by enhancing political participation, as Frances Sit reports:
Michelle Yeoh’s support for Myanmar protests raises questions   Listenfacebook
The film star, Michelle Yeoh, has expressed support for anti-coup protesters in Myanmar, posting a picture of herself on social media displaying the pro-democracy three-finger salute. However, as Damon Pang reports, she also faced questions about why she was not so vocal during protests here in Hong Kong:
Philippines protest Chinese flotilla  Listenfacebook
The Philippines has demanded that China withdraw more than 200 vessels it says are encroaching on its territorial waters. Manila says the fishing boats, which arrived in disputed waters of the South China Sea earlier this month, do not appear to be doing any fishing. Territorial claims and freedom of navigation in the South China Sea are major bones of contention between China and the US. But at the first high levels talks between the two sides in Alaska at the end of last week, Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned Washington not to underestimate Beijing's determination to defend its interests and sovereignty. Mike Weeks asked RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, whether it’s likely the Biden administration will support Manila’s demand: