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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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129 civil servants face quick dismissal over loyalty pledge  Listenfacebook
The government says it's going to speed up work to sack more than 100 civil servants who have refused to declare their loyalty to the administration. Timmy Sung reports:
Coming days ‘key’ to containing Covid variant  Listenfacebook
University of Hong Kong virologist Siddharth Sridhar says efforts over the next few days will be key to preventing the spread of the mutant strain of the coronavirus in the city. Hong Kong is on high alert after a 29-year-old engineer who works in Dubai was confirmed on Saturday to have N501Y. A 31-year-old woman – his friend – was diagnosed with the disease the next day. Now the race is on to trace and test any people they recently came into contacts with. RTHK's Annemarie Evans asked Sridhar if silent transmission of the variant is already likely in the community:
Central clinic visitors urged to get tested  Listenfacebook
Health authorities are appealing to people who recently visited a clinic in Central to get tested for Covid-19 as they continue to try to trace contacts of two patients who were found to be carrying the highly infectious N501Y strain of the virus. Richard Pyne has more:
Expert says two-week flight ban not long enough  Listenfacebook
Respiratory medicine specialist Leung Chi-chiu says people who have spent time in India, Pakistan and the Philippines should be banned from coming to Hong Kong for as long as it takes for the coronavirus situation in those countries to improve. Wendy Wong has the details:
Employers welcome delay to arrival of helpers  Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Employers of Overseas Domestic Helpers Association says the two-week ban on arrivals from the Philippines has come as a relief to many people who are concerned about the Covid-19 situation in that country. It said some employers will actually be glad if their new domestic workers are delayed. Damon Pang reports:
People Power activist questions definition of sedition   Listenfacebook
Pro-democracy activist Tam Tak-chi is applying for proceedings against him in the District Court to be halted, with his lawyers questioning the legality of the colonial-era sedition law he is accused of violating. Frances Sit reports:
Tanya Chan trial underway despite witness disarray  Listenfacebook
The trial of former lawmaker Tanya Chan over an alleged social distancing violation got underway on Monday despite multiple problems with the prosecution witnesses. One has disappeared; another refuses to turn up; and a third has been lying about her identity. Damon Pang reports:
Lifetime pet ban for animal abusers backed by the government  Listenfacebook
Supporters of animal rights have welcomed plans by the government to ban people convicted of animal cruelty from keeping pets permanently. This was proposed in a paper submitted to the Legislative Council in which authorities set out substantial increases to the current penalties. Amanda Whitfort, an associate professor at the University of Hong Kong who specialises in animal law, told Janice Wong that such bans would be a great deterrent:
European Super League plan sparks outrage and ban threats  Listenfacebook
Anger is growing over the plan for six rich English football clubs to team up with six big teams from Italy and Spain to form the European Super League (ESL). A UEFA executive committee member says three of the clubs - Real Madrid, Manchester City and Chelsea - will probably be banned from this season's Champions League semi-finals and the British government has vowed to do everything possible to block the project if football authorities can't. Mike Weeks asked London-based correspondent Gavin Grey if the 12 clubs involved have been surprised at the strength of the reaction to the ESL plan: