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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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Quarantine for the vaccinated set to be halved from June 30   Listenfacebook
Quarantine for fully vaccinated arrivals from lower-risk places is set to be cut to one week at the end of this month, at the earliest, provided they test negative for Covid-19 and have antibodies for the virus. That was announced by the government as it also unveiled another complicated raft of measures for easing social distancing as Hong Kong passed the 14-day mark for no local Covid-19 infections. Frances Sit reports:
Clarity on antibody requirement needed: Ben Cowling  Listenfacebook
Three imported Covid-19 cases were reported on Monday. Two of the patients flew in from the UK while the third came from Indonesia. All of them had the L452R mutant variant of the virus. Mike Weeks asked Professor Benjamin Cowling from the University of Hong Kong's School of Public Health if arrivals will still be expected to book two weeks in a hotel despite the introduction of antibody testing to cut quarantine time for those who are fully vaccinated:
Restaurants cautiously welcome pandemic easing  Listenfacebook
The president of the Federation of Restaurants and Related Trades, Simon Wong, has welcomed the easing of social-distancing measures on Thursday. But he admitted it will be difficult to ensure two-thirds of customers have received at least one dose of a vaccine for restaurants to run at full capacity. He spoke to Jim Gould:
Misunderstandings blamed for low vaccination of the elderly  Listenfacebook
The College of Physicians has urged authorities to step up efforts to get the elderly vaccinated against Covid-19, as only 5 percent of those aged between 70 and 79 have so far got their jabs. It says older people are especially vulnerable, pointing out that one in four of them in Hong Kong have died after being infected with the virus. It also says tens of millions of doses of BioNTech and Sinovac have been administered to the elderly around the world, and reports show they haven’t led to heart diseases or strokes. The college’s Dr Owen Tsang told Violet Wong it’s vital that authorities clear up common misunderstandings about the jabs and make it easier for older people to get them:
Mutant strain spreader held in custody  Listenfacebook
A man the authorities linked to a small outbreak of a mutant strain of coronavirus in Hong Kong has been remanded in custody, after pleading guilty to several counts of knowingly giving false information to officials. Frances Sit reports:
Tens of thousands log on for final edition of Apple Daily news  Listenfacebook
Apple Daily has aired its last live news show, just days ahead of the expected closure of the pro-democracy newspaper and its online operations in Hong Kong. Carolyn Wright reports:
Apple Daily may close on Saturday   Listenfacebook
Staff of Apple Daily have been told the newspaper could cease operations this Saturday unless the authorities release assets frozen as part of a national security investigation. Damon Pang reports:
Officials say civil servants need to have international vision  Listenfacebook
The government says it won't stop sending its staff to attend overseas training programmes despite plans to develop a civil service academy in Hong Kong to enhance knowledge of the country. As Damon Pang reports, officials stressed the SAR is a metropolis and civil servants need to have international vision:
Taiwan office cuts put HK relations ‘in doubt’  Listenfacebook
Taipei says some of the services it provides in its Hong Kong office will be moved online, including student recruitment and some immigration services. That was announced after most of its staff returned to the island in a row over conditions imposed for the renewal of their visas. Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council's minister, Chiu Tai-san, said the island's personnel won't bow to pressure by signing a statement recognising the "One China" principle. Veteran China analyst Johnny Lau told Vicky Wong this souring of relations could have very serious repercussions:
UN looks to lock down date for Xinjiang visit   Listenfacebook
The United Nations top human rights official says she hopes to agree on terms for a visit this year to China, including to Xinjiang, to look into reports of serious abuses against its Muslim Uyghur population. However, Beijing is cool to the idea. Sean Kennedy has more: