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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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Three people now believed to have mutant Covid strain   Listenfacebook
Health authorities say genetic sequencing shows that Shenzhen is unlikely to be the source of infection of a 17-year old Hong Kong girl, confirmed on Saturday to have a Covid-19 variant that was found recently in a cluster of cases across the border in Yantian. Despite that, the government announced late Sunday night that Hong Kong residents returning from certain high-risk places in Guangdong, including parts of Shenzhen, will now be quarantined. As Wong Yin-ting reports, the mother of the teenager and her elder sister have also caught the virus, raising concerns that the Alpha variant of the Covid mutation may already have a foothold in Hong Kong:
Authorities mull options for inoculating school kids  Listenfacebook
The government is considering sending teams to schools to administer coronavirus jabs after deciding to lower the age limit for the BioNTech vaccine to 12. Although it's still not clear when this extension of the vaccination campaign will happen, the Secretary for Education said another option would be to arrange for schools to take their students to community vaccination centres. Frances Sit reports:
Teachers and care home staff urged to get jabs  Listenfacebook
Top officials have said that the vaccination rate among those working in schools and elderly care homes is too low. Priscilla Ng reports:
Serious outbreak ‘possible’ unless more get vaccinated  Listenfacebook
The head of the Medical Association, Choi Kin, has warned that the low vaccine take-up rate means Hong Kong risks another major Covid outbreak. He supports the government's plan to expand the city's inoculation programe to include those as young as 12. But he told Wong Yin-ting that doctors should be deployed to schools to address any concerns teachers and parents may have about the jabs:
Pan-democrats warned against election boycotts   Listenfacebook
A former government minister and scholar Anthony Cheung says pro-democracy parties should take part in future elections, despite the "difficult and challenging" situation they are in after Beijing's overhaul of Hong Kong's electoral system. As Frances Sit reports, Cheung said the purpose of their existence would be called into question if they boycott elections for a long period of time:
June 4 memorials continue despite vigil ban   Listenfacebook
Former Transport and Housing Secetary Anthony Cheung on Sunday urged the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China to reconsider its long-held call to end one-party rule on the mainland. He said the alliance has to take into account that one-party rule was enshrined in the Chinese Constitution by an amendment in 2018. A heavy police presence and a ban on its annual candlelight vigil prevented the alliance from organising large-scale events to mark the 32nd anniversary of the brutal suppression of the Tiananmen democracy movement on Friday. However, RTHK contributor and legal academic Danny Gittings, told Mike Weeks that people still managed to find their own ways to commemorate the June 4 crackdown:
Police investigate crash into PLA barracks gate   Listenfacebook
A taxi driver has been arrested for criminal damage and entering a closed area without a permit after he crashed into a gate of the PLA's Central Barracks on Saturday night. As Priscilla Ng reports, the man's believed to have lost control of his vehicle:
Authorities slammed over lack of information on barge fire   Listenfacebook
A group of pro-democracy district councillors has criticised government departments for a lack of coordination when thick smoke from a barge burning in the Habour blanketed West Kowloon last week. The blaze broke out on the vessel near Stonecutters Island on Wednesday evening and wasn't put out until about 15 hours later. The smoke triggered fire alarms at a number of buildings and left some residents feeling unwell. Yau Tsim Mong district councillor Owan Li told Janice Wong why they are so unhappy about the government’s response to the fire:
G7 summit set to endorse landmark tax deal   Listenfacebook
G7 leaders are due to meet in Britain on Friday to discuss how to respond to global challenges like the coronavirus pandemic and climate change. The summit is also expected to endorse the deal reached on Saturday by the group's finance ministers for a minimum global corporate tax rate of at least 15 percent. Mike Weeks asked RTHK's Washington-based international economics correspondent, Barry Wood, if the intention of the agreement is to squeeze more money out of multinationals, like Amazon and Google, and reduce incentives to shift cash into offshore havens: