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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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Government urged to ban corporal punishment outright  Listenfacebook
The jailing of a couple for life over the murder of their five-year-old daughter has sparked renewed calls for legal changes and a mandatory reporting system for suspected child abuse. The chief executive of Save the Children Hong Kong, Carol Szeto, says everyone in society has a role to play to stamp it out. She said although corporal punishment is banned in schools and care centres, there's no regulation of what goes on in people's homes. Szeto spoke to Jim Gould:
Mandatory reporting of child abuse to be considered  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Welfare, Law Chi-kwong, says the government will consider whether to set up a mechanism requiring professionals to report suspected child abuse after the Law Reform Commission finishes an ongoing study on the matter and publishes its suggestions in the next couple of months. Law was speaking after the High Court on Tuesday sentenced a couple to life imprisonment for the horrific abuse of their young daughter three years ago. Jimmy Choi reports:
90-year-old swindled out of a quarter of a billion   Listenfacebook
A young man has been arrested over a scam in which a 90-year-old woman was cheated out of HK$250 million. Police say it's the largest fraud case of its kind when it comes to the amount of money involved. Jimmy Choi has details:
Concerns grow over 5th coronavirus wave   Listenfacebook
Health authorities say an engineer, confirmed to have a mutant strain of Covid-19 after clearing quarantine following his return from Dubai last month, is now believed to have caught it at the hotel where he was isolated. That's after an Indonesian domestic worker, who was also quarantined at the Ramada in Tsim Sha Tsui at the same time, was confirmed to have coronavirus on Tuesday. But it's unclear at the moment if the cases are connected. Three other new cases have also not been linked to other infections. Violet Wong reports:
Vaccine adviser says BioNTech effective against Covid mutations  Listenfacebook
A member of the government-appointed panel on vaccines says the current options in Hong Kong – particularly BioNTech - will still provide protection against current variants of Covid-19. University of Hong Kong Professor Ivan Hung said people should still get inoculated as soon as possible rather than waiting for second generation vaccines to be developed. But he told Mike Weeks he isn’t overly concerned about Tuesday’s rise to five in local Covid infections:
Flight ban ‘should continue’ until India outbreak is controlled   Listenfacebook
A prominent member of the Indian community in Hong Kong says the government should have banned flights from the country much earlier because of the surge in Covid cases there. The World Health Organisation says India now accounts for about one in three of all new cases. Mohan Chugani, a former president of the Indian Association, said the authorities in Delhi have not been able to control the outbreak. He said Indian holders of Hong Kong ID cards may want to return here to ride out the pandemic. He told Frances Sit the government had made the right move by suspending flights from India for two weeks:
Arrival ban sees demand soar for domestic workers   Listenfacebook
Employment agencies say a two-week ban on arrivals from the Philippines has left Hong Kong families fighting over domestic helpers. As wage offers start to climb, a concern group says local people are also hoping to get work as helpers. Wendy Wong reports:
Government urged to be transparent on ‘vaccine bubble’ app  Listenfacebook
A programming expert says privacy issues are among the hurdles facing the government if it's to introduce another mobile phone app to help facilitate its "vaccine bubble" scheme in just over a week from now. Wong Ho-wa told RTHK he doesn’t believe these will be sorted out in time. The administration has not yet revealed its plans publicly, but a representative of the catering industry said officials had told him the new app would allow restaurants to scan and verify whether a customer has been inoculated against Covid-19. It will be the third epidemic-related government app. Wong, Who represents the IT industry on the Election Committee, told Janice Wong what the government should be aware of in developing the app:
AI system ‘rapidly and accurately’ detects Covid   Listenfacebook
The Chinese University has developed an artificial intelligence system that it says can detect Covid-19 infections in tomography images, computer-generated cross-sections of people's bodies. It says the rapid and accurate system is already being used on the mainland and in Germany. One of the researchers, Dr Tiffany So, from the Department of Imaging and Interventional Radiology, told Annemarie Evans how it works:
Woman gets three years for running protest channel   Listenfacebook
The District Court has sentenced a 26-year-old woman, who helped run a Telegram channel during the anti-government protests in 2019, to three years in jail. She earlier pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to destroy property and inciting people to injure others. Natale Ching reports: