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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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Shorter quarantine for some as pandemic measures eased  Listenfacebook
The government plans to re-open public beaches, swimming pools and playgrounds ahead of the Easter holiday weekend. It also announced that restrictions on people returning from the UK will be lifted and mandatory quarantine will be shortened for people arriving from "low risk" countries. Richard Pyne reports:
Holiday gatherings present ‘high risk’ for new outbreak   Listenfacebook
A respiratory diseases expert says he doesn't think it's a good idea for Hong Kong to further ease anti-pandemic measures ahead of the long Easter break. Dr Leung Chi-chiu was commenting on the announcement that beaches, swimming pools, and playgrounds will reopen from Thursday, with cinemas and theme parks allowed to operate at 75 percent capacity. Religious services can also resume. The reopening will be subject to infection control measures. But Leung told Jim Gould says it's a big risk ahead of such a major holiday:
No reopening for bars, despite one-third closing down for good  Listenfacebook
In announcing the easing of coronavirus restrictions on Monday, officials said venues considered high-risk - such as bars, party rooms and nightclubs - would remain closed for the time being. The chairman of the Lan Kwai Fong Group, Allan Zeman told Janice Wong that such venues are fighting for survival, with around 35 percent of bars and clubs having been forced to give up after months of restrictions:
Dozens quarantined after university student tests positive   Listenfacebook
The announcement of further easing of anti-pandemic measures came as Hong Kong reported its first local Covid-19 case in three days. As Wendy Wong reports, the infection of a Baptist University student has led to the quarantining of dozens of people he was in contact with:
Plan to limit access to company registry comes under fire  Listenfacebook
The government has proposed barring the public from accessing some personal information about executives through company registry searches. But the move announced last night has already come in for criticism. One journalists’ group says it would seriously undermine press freedom. A comment on the proposal on RTHK's Twitter feed asked how risk could be determined for a limited liability company if the directors’ details can't be accessed through the company registry? The tweet from Archie went on to say that he wouldn't trade with a limited company unless he could credit check the directors. Natale Ching reports:
Cut in MTR fares will see some train users paying more  Listenfacebook
The MTR Corporation will cut train fares by an average of 1.7 percent from June 27t, in what will be the first reduction under the fare adjustment mechanism agreed in 2007. The final determinants in that complex equation came out on Monday, with the release of official data on inflation and transport sector wages. But ahead of the trimming of fares, the MTR will cut its current 20 percent rebate back to five percent from Tuesday. Transport expert Hung Wing-tat says this means the cost of rail travel will actually go up for many people:
Security police should decide on violating art: Henry Tang  Listenfacebook
The head of the West Kowloon Cultural District, Henry Tang, says it will be up to the police to decide if art displayed at the M+ museum violates Hong Kong's national security law. Frances Sit reports:
Decision not to air Oscars ‘signals ’ end to freewheeling culture  Listenfacebook
TVB has confirmed that it won't be broadcasting the Oscars for the first time in more than 50 years. It says this is purely a commercial decision. But it comes after Bloomberg News reported earlier this month that Beijing had told state media to play down the awards and not show the ceremony live. The order is believed to have been issued because of the nomination of "Do Not Split", a short documentary on Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests, as well as the four Oscar nods for Chinese-born US director Chloe Zhao for "Nomadland". She's come under fire for past remarks seen as critical of China. Mike Weeks asked Dr Kristof Van Den Troost, assistant professor at the Chinese University's Centre for China Studies, what he makes of the decision:
Third RTHK TV show pulled at last minute  Listenfacebook
RTHK says it has recently pulled three TV programmes from its schedule at short notice because a new high-level editorial panel found that portions of the episodes in question contained inaccuracies and were not impartial. The broadcaster was responding to concerns about the pulled shows from both sides of the political spectrum, as Richard Pyne reports:
‘Taiwan Stories 3’ draws reprimand for RTHK   Listenfacebook
The Communications Authority has again admonished RTHK over comments on Taiwan made in a documentary, this time suggesting the island is able to establish its own diplomatic relations. Wendy Wong has the details:
Buildings Department in the mire over misconnected pipes  Listenfacebook
The Ombudsman has criticised the Buildings Department after finding serious delays in tackling the misconnection of sewage pipes at private buildings, with some cases remaining unresolved for over a decade. Wendy Wong reports: