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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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Mass screening of helpers piling pressure on testing facilities   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong has had two days in a row of no new local Covid-19 infections. On Sunday only two cases were reported, both from Indonesia. But that came as officials admitted that testing operations were under pressure following Friday's order that all 370,000 of the city's foreign domestic workers be tested for coronavirus. Thousands queued to comply over the weekend but as of 6pm on Sunday, labs had processed less than half of the record 113,000 tests handed in the day before. Vicky Wong reports:
Government urged to provide more support for poorest families   Listenfacebook
The Society for Community Organisation (SOCO) is calling for the government to create a fund for unemployed or underemployed grassroots families, who it says are among the hardest-hit economically by the pandemic. The group says people in such households are employed in sectors whose operations have been badly impacted by government restrictions and are struggling to find jobs elsewhere. SOCO's Sze Lai-shan told Richard Pyne about the plight of these families and what could be done to help:
Restaurants optimistic over Mother’s Day plans   Listenfacebook
The president of the Hong Kong Federation of Restaurants and Related Trades, Simon Wong, says he expects more staff in the catering industry to get vaccinated in the coming days, so the places they work can take full advantage of more relaxed social distancing rules on Mother’s Day, this Sunday. The rules are complicated, with four different opening schemes, from A to D. Plans C and D require staff to be inoculated but mean restaurants can stay open longer and have more people sitting together at a table. Wong told Wendy Wong that restaurants are still adjusting to the new rules:
Travel bubble tickets snapped up  Listenfacebook
The Travel Industry Council says flights between Hong Kong and Singapore are fully-booked for the first two weeks after the travel bubble begins on May 26. Council chairman Jason Wong says tickets were mostly bought by business travellers and people visiting relatives. Wendy Wong asked Wong if he was worried the travel bubble might be halted a second time given the recent emergence of Covid variants in Hong Kong:
People Power chair resigns   Listenfacebook
Former People Power lawmaker Ray Chan has resigned as chairman of the pro-democracy party. Chan is one of 47 politicians and activists arrested under the national security law for taking part in last year's primary polls to select opposition candidates for the Legislative Council elections, which were then postponed. Todd Harding reports:
Government fact checking ‘poses dangers’ to society   Listenfacebook
Executive Councillor Ronny Tong has called on the government to set up an office to combat fake news. Speaking on RTHK's Letter to Hong Kong, he said lies and misinformation were the biggest challenge to the success of One Country Two Systems. Mike Weeks asked Professor Michael Davis, a US-based Hong Kong constitutional law expert, what lies and misinformation Tong was referring to when he said that:
Tax and other windfalls set to further boost US economy  Listenfacebook
The US economy is firing on all cylinders with growth in the first quarter of 6.4% on an annualised basis. And it could be set to accelerate even more if Joe Biden's plan to inject a further US$6 trillion is passed into law. But the US president's proposal last week to offer child tax credits under his US$1.8 trillion families plan has come under fire from Republicans, who've called it a massive expansion in government welfare. RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, told Mike Weeks what Biden’s plans involve: