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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Samantha Butler and Janice Wong


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Govt to tighten border controls amid Delta fears  Listenfacebook
The government says it's tightening border control measures due to the consistent threat of the Covid-19 Delta variant, which is more infectious. In a statement on Monday night, it said despite the city recording 56 days with no local coronavirus cases, there was a need to build an anti-epidemic barrier for Hong Kong to maintain the situation. But the requirements - which streamline places into three groups of high, medium and low-risk places - also mean fully-vaccinated residents stranded overseas can return. Under the measures, the government is also requiring more workers be vaccinated, as Violet Wong reports:
Mandatory jabs for government staff  Listenfacebook
Not all public sector staff are happy with the government's announcement that those who haven't had a Covid jab must pay for their own regular coronavirus testing. But as Natale Ching reports, they have no choice but to comply with the new rule:
Mainland battles largest outbreak in months  Listenfacebook
The mainland has reported 98 new Covid-19 cases, compared with 75 the previous day. The National Health Commission said 55 of the cases were locally-transmitted, with the bulk coming from Jiangsu and Hunan provinces. The outbreak has seen authorities confine millions of people to their homes, as Wong Yin-ting reports:
Cantopop star, former lawmaker, charged with corruption  Listenfacebook
The anti-corruption body has charged a Cantopop singer and former lawmaker with corruption. The singer, Anthony Wong, is accused of inducing others to vote for former lawmaker Au Nok-hin, after the entertainer performed at a rally for the politician a week before he went on to win a Legislative Council by-election in 2018. The two are expected to appear in court on Thursday. A former chief investigator with the corruption watchdog, Stephen Char, told Damon Pang that there appeared to be enough evidence to support a case:
PTU accused of hijacking education sector  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam has accused the Professional Teachers' Union of hijacking the education sector and leaving people with negative views of the city's teachers. It comes after mainland state media launched a verbal attack on the pro-democracy trade union. Damon Pang reports:
Academic accuses government of extending suppression  Listenfacebook
A political academic says the government's decision to cut ties with the PTU sparks concern that authorities are “extending their suppression” from political parties to civil society. Ivan Choy, a senior lecturer at the Chinese University's Department of Government and Public Administration, told Frances Sit that other unions and groups could face similar accusations:
Conservationist says wetland policy should remain  Listenfacebook
WWF-Hong Kong has criticised comments from the Development minister Michael Wong who said the government could consider easing restrictions on development around wetland areas in order to find land for housing. The group's senior manager of conservation policy, Tobi Lau, said high-rise development on buffer zones around the ecologically-sensitive areas could affect wildlife. He spoke to Janice Wong:
Voucher scheme sees boost for retail and catering sector  Listenfacebook
Some shops and restaurants say business doubled on Monday, after consumers collected the first $2,000 of the government's electronic spending vouchers. The $36-billion-dollar voucher scheme was announced in the budget in February to boost local consumption in the pandemic-hit economy. Around 7.2 million residents can receive a total of $5,000 in e-vouchers. Frances Sit reports:
Two men arrested over upskirt photo website  Listenfacebook
Police have arrested two men on suspicion of conspiracy to outrage public decency, over a website that allegedly displayed and sold upskirt photos. As Wong Ying-ting reports, police seized 30,000 photos and say the website had some 50,000 members and paid contributors up to $400 per photo: