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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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50 quarantined as policeman tests positive for Covid-19  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong has confirmed its first local and untraceable Covid-19 case in more than a month. The patient is a 35-year-old police constable who works at the force's Arsenal Street headquarters. Health authorities say his infection signals hidden transmission chains still exist in the community. Damon Pang reports:
Individual liberties ‘should’ yield to public health regulations  Listenfacebook
Dr Siddharth Sridhar from the University of Hong Kong's Department of Microbiology says people shouldn't be overly concerned about the infection of the policeman. But the virologist told RTHK's Annemarie Evans it is unusual for someone who had a high viral load to test negative for the coronavirus:
Carrie Lam defends warning to the unvaccinated  Listenfacebook
The expert committee that looks into adverse reactions to Covid immunisation says from next month public announcements on individual deaths will only be made if a potential association with the vaccination is found. Instead, it says it will produce a monthly report on the safety monitoring of vaccines. This was announced after Chief Executive Carrie Lam dismissed suggestions that the government is penalising those who have not been inoculated by warning that they may be barred from schools, restaurants and entertainment venues should another wave of infections hit Hong Kong. Damon Pang reports:
Decision expected soon on offering BioNTech to over-12s  Listenfacebook
Moves are underway here to lower the age for recipients of the Comirnaty Covid vaccine - produced by BioNTech and Fosun Pharma - from 16 to 12. That was revealed as the World Health Organization approved the Sinovac jab for emergency use, making it the second Chinese-produced vaccine to get its endorsement after Sinopharm. Robert Kemp reports:
June 4th Museum under pressure over licences   Listenfacebook
The operators of the newly-reopened June 4th Museum in Mong Kok have been accused of running a place of public entertainment without the required licences. That came during a surprise visit on Tuesday by officials, who said they'd received complaints. But for now, the museum remains open, as Frances Sit reports:
No definitive answer on legality of calls to end one-party rule: CE   Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, has suggested that calls to end one-party rule in China may be illegal depending on the circumstances. There have been growing suggestions from pro-Beijing figures that such calls may violate the national security law, but Lam says it will be up to law enforcers and the courts to decide. Priscilla Ng reports:
LSD won’t take part in ‘unfair’ elections   Listenfacebook
The League of Social Democrats has announced that it is not going to field candidates in the upcoming election committee or Legislative Council polls. It says Beijing's overhaul of Hong Kong elections has swept away a fair and just system. Timmy Sung reports:
Registration to be mandated for pay-as-you-go SIM cards   Listenfacebook
The government has announced that people will be required to register their identity when buying pay-as-you-go mobile phone SIM cards from March next year. Officials say a month-long consultation showed the requirement had “strong” public backing. Priscilla Ng reports:
Government urged to certify sustainably sourced seafood   Listenfacebook
A study suggests that the number of Hong Kong people who consume shark fin has more than halved over the past decade. But those involved in the survey by the University of Hong Kong say more still needs to be done to change the city’s dining culture and protect endangered marine species. Mike Weeks asked Stan Shea, the marine programme director at Bloom Association, how difficult it is for diners to identify the source of their seafood:
Quarantine free travel policy ‘not a free for all’  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam has defended the proposal to allow fully-vaccinated senior executives of listed companies to skip quarantine when they come to Hong Kong. She says it's important for the city's economic revival. Vicky Wong has the details:
Pandemic weighs on Olympic athletes’ training  Listenfacebook
The first foreign athletes have started arriving in Japan for the Tokyo Olympics as organisers press ahead with the with the sports showcase despite the Covid-19 emergencies in Japan. Hong Kong athletes are also busy preparing for the Games, but they say it's been a struggle to stay physically and mentally fit during the pandemic. RTHK's Wong Yin-ting talked to two of them: