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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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Oliver’s and Urban Bakery workers linked to N501Y outbreak  Listenfacebook
Anyone who’s visited Oliver's the Delicatessen in Central and the nearby Urban Bakery Works since mid-April has been told to get tested for coronavirus. That's after an investigation by the Centre for Health Protection linked two workers at the shops in Prince's Building and the Landmark to the outbreak of a mutant strain of Covid-19. As Wendy Wong reports, they were at one of two gatherings last month believed to be responsible for the spread of the new variant:
Tsuen Wan evacuees angered by delays and lack of information  Listenfacebook
No new infections were found in the testing of some 460 residents of a block in a Tsuen Wan estate, where a recently arrived domestic worker was found to have antibodies to a coronavirus variant. But the evacuation of the building on Wednesday sparked uproar, with people complaining about the chaotic and confusing arrangements. Wendy Wong has the details:
Shortened quarantine for arrivals ‘illogical’   Listenfacebook
A specialist in respiratory medicine has warned the government against reducing quarantine for returnees to Hong Kong who are fully vaccinated. The Health Secretary, Sophia Chan, told lawmakers this week that it could be cut back to 14 days or even just a week. But Dr Leung Chi-chiu told Maggie Ho that would be extremely dangerous, given the increasing threat from mutant strains of Covid-19:
Vaccination the ‘best defence’ against spread of mutant strains   Listenfacebook
University of Hong Kong virologist Dr Siddharth Sridhar says he supports shortening quarantine for returnees, saying this would encourage more people to get vaccinated. Just over a million Hongkongers have now had at least their first Covid jab. Sridhar says this low number should be a real cause for concern given the cases of new strains of Covid-19. Ben Tse asked him what he thought the city should be doing to try to head off the more contagious coronavirus variants:
Hospital staff question need for regular screening  Listenfacebook
The Hospital Authority will require all frontline health workers to undergo weekly coronavirus tests from Monday. Those fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be exempted. But Dr Arisina Ma, the president of the Public Doctors' Association, told Mike Weeks the new testing policy is unlikely to convince more medical workers to get inoculated:
Government accused of unfairly targeting helpers   Listenfacebook
A concern group for foreign domestic workers is calling on the government to withdraw its mandatory testing order for all helpers. As Maggie Ho reports, the group is also demanding an apology from Labour Secretary Law Chi-kwong for his “discriminatory” remarks about migrant workers:
Wu Chi-wai told to watch father’s funeral via video link   Listenfacebook
Prison officials have defended their decision to refuse to allow former lawmaker Wu Chi-wai to attend his father's funeral on Friday. They say calls for people to turn up to support the Democratic Party stalwart mean it would simply be too risky for everyone. Tom McAlinden reports:
Three jailed over riot they did not take part in   Listenfacebook
The District Court has handed down jail sentences of at least four years each to three people convicted of rioting in Tsuen Wan during an anti-government protest in 2019. The judge acknowledged there was no evidence that the defendants were directly involved with the riot, but said their presence at the scene fuelled the situation. Violet Wong reports:
Bao Choy vows to pursue justice over Yuen Long investigation   Listenfacebook
Former RTHK producer Bao Choy is to appeal her conviction over a documentary investigating the Yuen Long gang attack in 2019. She said she wouldn't be able to sleep at night if she didn't seek to overturn her fines for making false declarations in searching for the owners of cars believed to be linked to the violence. Timmy Sung reports:
Lawsuit against police over Yuen Long attack dropped   Listenfacebook
Former Democratic Party lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting and eight other victims of the Yuen Long mob attack on July 21, 2019, have decided to drop a civil suit against the Commissioner of Police. Natale Ching reports: