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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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More testing urged for returnees from high-risk areas  Listenfacebook
A top microbiologist has urged health officials to retest everyone who flew in from places considered high-risk for Covid-19 over the past month to see if any of them had the UK variant of the virus that's infected a family in Tin Shui Wai. A third member of the family - a 20-year-old student - was confirmed to have the mutant strain on Monday. University of Hong Kong Professor Ho Pak-leung believes the family may have caught the virus from someone returning from overseas whose infection was not picked up during quarantine. Maggie Ho reports:
Antibody tests ‘would’ cut need for quarantine   Listenfacebook
Epidemiologist Benjamin Cowling, from the University of Hong Kong's School of Public Health, says it would be better to test returnees for antibodies on arrival rather than tightening quarantine requirements in an attempt to prevent the spread of Covid variants. He told Mike Weeks why he thinks retesting travellers from high-risk countries may not prove that useful:
Terrorism charge dropped against first national security suspect   Listenfacebook
The High Court has allowed prosecutors to add an alternative charge against the first person charged under Hong Kong's national security law. That means Tong Ying-kit now faces trial for dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm rather than terrorism, as Damon Pang reports:
Protest ‘joint enterprise’ appeal to be heard   Listenfacebook
The Court of Final Appeal is set to hear arguments on whether people charged with unlawful assembly or rioting can be convicted even if they weren't present at the scene. Jimmy Choi reports:
Vigil organisers warned to disband  Listenfacebook
A pro-Beijing stalwart has warned the alliance which organises Hong Kong's June 4 vigils that it risks prosecution if it doesn't disband, because he claims it's always been subversive in nature. Damon Pang reports:
Closure of Mount Kelly School under investigation  Listenfacebook
The Education Bureau is investigating the suspension of classes at a private school in Tsim Sha Tsui over financial problems. As Wendy Wong reports, Mount Kelly School Hong Kong says it's been badly affected by the 2019 protests and the coronavirus pandemic:
Tuen-Ma line platforms to open in 12 days’ time  Listenfacebook
The MTR Corporation has played down concerns about the safety of new platforms at Hung Hom Station for the Tuen Ma Line. The new platforms will come into operation on June 20, a week before the full opening of the new line. Frances Sit reports:
Satire ‘should be treated’ with a high-degree of tolerance   Listenfacebook
The High Court has been told that the city needs to be more tolerant of satire in order to protect freedom of speech. The court is hearing a judicial review of a ruling by the Communications Authority that an episode of RTHK's Headliner programme had insulted the police. Violet Wong reports:
Government urged to ban Styrofoam lunch boxes   Listenfacebook
A survey suggests there's been a surge in the use of single-use plastics during the pandemic, reversing the downward trend of the previous three years. The Ocean Park Conservation Foundation questioned 1,000 people aged 15 to 59 between April and May. It found respondents used 4.4 plastic straws per week on average, up from four a year ago. Use of plastic cutlery and containers per week also rose from 2.1 last year to 2.8. Paul Zimmerman, chairman of Drink Without Waste, told Janice Wong Covid-19 has changed people’s behaviour here and around the world: