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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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Probable Delta variant case under investigation   Listenfacebook
The most contagious strain of Covid-19 yet identified has been found in sewage samples from Tai Po. But Hong Kong won't find out until later on Friday whether it has recorded its first community transmission of the Delta strain first identified in India. As Priscilla Ng reports, that's when laboratory results come out for a Tai Po man confirmed on Thursday to have coronavirus:
Silent Tai Po cases ‘need’ to be identified   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong’s first confirmed Covid-19 case in more than two weeks has raised concerns over the possibility of a fifth wave of infections here. Janice Wong asked infectious disease expert Dr Joseph Tsang how worried the city should be if it is confirmed to be the Delta variant:
UK arrivals face stricter quarantine as Delta variant surges  Listenfacebook
Health officials say the quarantine requirements for people returning from the UK will be tightened from Monday, after a surge in Covid cases there, nearly all of them linked to the Delta strain of the virus. Britain will return to the "very high risk" category, and all travellers - regardless of whether or not they've been vaccinated - will have to undergo three weeks of quarantine and testing. In Europe, health officials are warning the variant will account for 90 percent of coronavirus cases by late August. The German Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling for a more coordinated EU response, saying all member states should quarantine arrivals from the UK. London-based correspondent Peter Anderson told Mike Weeks more about the EU’s discussions on containing the Delta variant:
Book fair exhibitors reminded to abide by national security law   Listenfacebook
Organisers of the annual book fair say they won’t screen books to be sold at the week-long event next month. But they say police will be called in if they receive any national security complaints. Timmy Sung has more:
LCSD to investigate Jimmy Lai book display  Listenfacebook
Authorities are investigating why around a dozen books written by Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai were prominently displayed at the Shek Tong Tsui Public Library. As Timmy Sung reports, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department stressed libraries must make sure their collections are in line with the national security law:
Apple Daily execs seek return of confiscated material   Listenfacebook
Two Apple Daily executives arrested over alleged violations of the national security law are seeking court orders for the police to return journalistic or legally protected material seized during recent raids on the shut-down opposition newspaper. Damon Pang reports:
President Biden laments the demise of Apple Daily   Listenfacebook
The US President, Joe Biden, has called the closing of Apple Daily a "sad day for media freedom in Hong Kong and around the world." In a statement, Biden said by “forcing through a National Security Law that penalises free speech, Beijing has insisted on wielding its power to suppress independent media and silence dissenting views." It was issued by the White House after the Foreign Ministry office in Hong Kong accused Western politicians of using press freedom as an excuse to continuously attack the national security law. Damon Pang reports:
Police admit NSL suspect avoided hitting officers   Listenfacebook
A police officer has told the national security trial of Tong Ying-kit that he fired two pepper shots to try to stop the motorcyclist, but missed him. Tong is charged with inciting secession, and terrorism or dangerous driving for allegedly riding his bike into police while flying a protest flag. Jimmy Choi reports:
HK human rights scores plummet   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's human rights scores have plummeted since 2019, and the pandemic has worsened the situation. The Human Rights Measurement Initiative tracks human rights performance in areas, including the right to quality of life, safety from the state, and empowerment. Vicky Wong reports:
Philippines mourns death of Benigno Aquino  Listenfacebook
The former Philippine president, Benigno Aquino, has died. Known as 'Noynoy', the former Liberal Party chief belonged to an influential political dynasty opposed to the hardline rule of President Ferdinand Marcos. His father, a senator, was assassinated in 1983 and his mother, Corazon, became president after the 'People Power' revolution of 1986. Aquino had been infrequently seen in public since he was succeeded by Rodrigo Duterte. Annemarie Evans asked RTHK’s Manila correspondent, Alan Robles, whether his death on Thursday at the relatively young age of 61 had come as a shock in the Philippines: