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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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Island Harbourview block locked down over mutant infection  Listenfacebook
Some 760 residents of a block in one of the largest housing estates in Tai Kok Tsui underwent compulsory coronavirus testing overnight on Sunday after a domestic worker living there tested preliminary positive for a more infectious strain of Covid-19. The lockdown ended around 7am on Monday with no new infections found. As Todd Harding reports, it's unclear how the helper became infected:
Untraceable Covid case confirmed  Listenfacebook
Health officials confirmed a new local coronavirus infection of unknown origin on Sunday. Frances Sit has details of that:
Jabs to be made mandatory for travel   Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, says Hong Kong people who want to travel overseas or to the mainland will have to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Writing on Facebook, she said when the government discusses travel arrangements with other countries or places, this will be a requirement to ensure residents won't be infected when they are abroad. The former controller of the Centre for Health Protection, Thomas Tsang, also said it may soon become a prerequisite for people to be fully vaccinated to travel. He also warned that Hong Kong won't be able to maintain the status of “zero new cases” for long – or at all - if the inoculation rate here remains low. Violet Wong reports:
Government urged to boost vaccine confidence  Listenfacebook
City University has hinted that it won't make it a rule that students have to have had a coronavirus jab for them to attend classes. That's in contrast with the approach of other tertiary institutions in Hong Kong. The University of Science and Technology has said students need to get the jab before September “for normal teaching to resume” in the new school year, while other universities have requested students staying in dorms to be inoculated or face regularly testing. Paul Yip, a professor at the University of Hong Kong's Department of Social Work and Social Administration, told Mike Weeks the low vaccination rate is a concern for many:
Government apologises over ‘Return2HK’ confusion   Listenfacebook
Civil Service Secretary Patrick Nip on Sunday admitted there had been “confusion” over the administration's U-turn on the suspension of quarantine-free entry to Hong Kong from Guangdong, but said officials will learn from the experience. Timmy Sung reports:
CS says hospital manpower shortage an urgent issue  Listenfacebook
Top officials came out in force over the weekend to defend a plan to make it easier for residents trained as doctors outside of Hong to practise in the SAR. Timmy Sung reports:
Belarus diverts international flight to arrest exiled activist  Listenfacebook
Belarus has forced a commercial airliner to land in its capital, Minsk, where the authorities arrested a leading opposition activist onboard the flight from Athens to Vilnius. Roman Protasevich was on his way back to Lithuania, where many Belarusian opposition activists have taken refuge. The Ryanair plane was overflying Belarus when it was told of an alleged bomb threat and ordered to land in Minsk, escorted by a fighter jet. The Lithuanian president accused Belarus of an abhorrent action and demanded that the journalist be freed. London-based correspondent Peter Anderson told Janice Wong more about international reaction to the incident:
US fights to contain overstimulated economy  Listenfacebook
Federal Reserve officials have begun lowering expectations for this month's jobs growth in the United States. Dallas Fed president Robert Kaplan says that hiring difficulties have continued through May, and will likely lead to another weak jobs report following the lower than expected 266,000 positions added in April. Mike Weeks asked RTHK's Washington-based international economics correspondent, Barry Wood, why officials from the US central bank are downplaying expectations: