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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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Jab-shy Hongkongers slammed   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong reported zero new Covid-19 infections for the third time this month on Sunday. Health officials also announced that a review of clinical data indicated four domestic helpers and a construction worker, recently listed as local cases, probably caught the disease overseas. Despite that the chair of Community Medicine at the University of Hong Kong has castigated people here who have not come forward to be inoculated when people around the world are dying because of a shortage of vaccines. Damon Pang reports:
Civil servants to get vaccination leave   Listenfacebook
RTHK has learnt that the government will give civil servants a day off for each Covid jab they take. Sources say an announcement will be made as early as this week. Todd Harding reports on reaction to the news:
LeaveHomeSafe to add vaccine record option   Listenfacebook
The government says people will soon have the choice to store their coronavirus vaccination certificate on the LeaveHomeSave app. Despite earlier privacy concerns over its location-recording app, the government said there have been nearly 4.4 million downloads so far. Damon Pang has details:
Online booking urged for reopened June 4th Museum  Listenfacebook
The organisers of the annual events to commemorate the June 4 crackdown have reopened a museum for people to learn more about the brutal military suppression of the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests in 1989 and to pay tribute to the victims. This comes after police refused permission, for the second year in a row, for the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China to hold a candlelight vigil on June 4, citing pandemic concerns. Joanne Wong reports:
Police recruitment day proves popular  Listenfacebook
The Police Force says 2,000 people attended its first recruitment drive day since 2019. A spokesman said the number of applicants to join the police had dropped during the massive protests that erupted in Hong Kong two years ago, but numbers had picked up since last year. Brian Mok has more on Sunday's jobs drive at the Police College in Wong Chuk Hang:
Young people warned over the danger of e-cigarettes  Listenfacebook
Government anti-smoking advisors have expressed concerns about the number of young people using electronic cigarettes or heated tobacco products. Speaking on the eve of Monday’s World No Tobacco day, they pointed out that such products contain nicotine and other harmful substances, but could be more popular than cigarettes because they don't smell bad. Henry Tong, who chairs the Council on Smoking and Health, said he's also worried that people forced to work from home could be smoking more during the pandemic. But he told Damon Pang that calls to smoking cessation hotlines had been on the increase:
Smoking ‘a huge’ economic and medical burden for China   Listenfacebook
While the number of smokers in Hong Kong has been declining for years, China specialist Mark O'Neill told Mike Weeks that the opposite is the case on the mainland:
President Biden faces battle over infrastructure spending plan   Listenfacebook
Negotiations with US President Joe Biden over a potentially massive infrastructure investment package are inching forward even though disagreements remain over the size and scope of such legislation. Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito told Fox News that real compromise can be reached, because both sides are "still in the game". Capito leads a group of six Senate Republicans who have been in regular contact with the White House over the spending bill that Biden wants to move through Congress promptly. Mike Weeks asked RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, how far apart the two sides are: