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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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Zero-infection hopes dashed as false positive claim refuted   Listenfacebook
Microbiologist Yuen Kwok-yung has rejected suggestions that a four-year-boy had tested false positive for Covid-19. He said his infection should be treated as genuine, dashing hopes that Hong Kong could soon be considered safe from the disease. As Timmy Sung reports, Yuen said the child could have caught the virus way back in January:
Covid-infected children ‘often’ asymptomatic  Listenfacebook
A paediatrician says it’s common for children to have more than one virus at once and still not show any symptoms. Janice Wong asked Dr Alvin Chan how likely it is that a four-year-old boy could have been infected with Covid-19 in January and still test positive in May:
High Court rejects bid for a jury in first national security trial   Listenfacebook
The first national security suspect brought to court in Hong Kong won't be tried by jurors. Tong Ying-kit lost his bid to overturn the decision by the Secretary for Justice to deny him a trial by his peers after a High Court judge refused on Thursday to grant him leave for a judicial review. Frances Sit reports:
Evidence for rejecting jury trial ‘not clear’  Listenfacebook
An associate dean of the University of Hong Kong's Faculty of Law told RTHK the court's decision over Tong Ying-kit’s case was not unexpected, as it reaffirmed previous judgments that there is no right to a trial by jury under the nation security law Beijing imposed on Hong Kong. But Professor Simon Young told Priscilla Ng the ruling does have worrying implications, including for the efficiency of the judiciary moving ahead:
Court told parents have a right to know about teacher misconduct   Listenfacebook
A group founded by former Chief Executive CY Leung has told the High Court that the authorities must reveal the names of teachers found guilty of professional misconduct as parents have a right to know this information when they choose schools for their children. But government lawyers argued that could be unfair to the schools. Violet Wong reports:
Prison not politics now the focus for HK’s ‘king of votes’  Listenfacebook
Former lawmaker Chu Hoi-dick has announced that he's leaving politics and disbanding his political group, as he prepares to spend time behind bars over a number of criminal cases he's facing. Frances Sit reports:
EU halts ratification of China investment pact   Listenfacebook
The European Parliament has halted ratification of a new investment pact with China until Beijing lifts sanctions on EU politicians. Sean Kennedy has more on the deterioration of relations between the two sides:
Public ‘convinced’ of need for rubbish charging   Listenfacebook
A public policy think-tank says nearly two-thirds of one thousand people it polled back the municipal solid waste charging scheme. Civic Exchange carried out the phone survey in January on the bill that will mean people paying around a dollar or two a day to dispose of their rubbish, if it's passed by lawmakers. The group's research project head, Lawrence Lu, told Mike Weeks more about their findings:
Endangered eels on the menu in HK restaurants  Listenfacebook
WWF-Hong Kong says many eels sold in local restaurants are endangered species. It collected 80 samples from various sushi restaurants last year for DNA testing, and found that nearly half of them were confirmed to be critically endangered European Eels. The rest came from America and Japan. The conservation group says it's alarmed by its findings and is calling for urgent action to deter the illegal trade. Janice Wong asked WWF-Hong Kong's wildlife conservation manager, Jovy Chan, how difficult it is for restaurants to tell whether the eels the buy are endangered:
‘Ride of Silence’ marred by heavy-handed policing   Listenfacebook
Police have confirmed that they issued fines to about a dozen cyclists for breaking coronavirus social distancing rules while they were taking part in a silent ride on Wednesday to commemorate people killed or injured on Hong Kong's roads. Organisers said they had discussed with police their plans for the annual event, known as "Ride of Silence". It was organised by the Hong Kong Cycling Alliance, whose chairman Martin Turner said he and others were fined for breaching social distancing rules or not having reflectors or bells. He spoke to RTHK's Vicky Wong: