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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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HK tightens borders against Covid  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong is insulating itself from the worsening coronavirus situations at its borders. It earlier suspended a quarantine-free travel scheme with Macau. Now, it has done the same with the mainland, except for Guangdong province, which is still part of the Return2hk scheme. Jimmy Choi reports:
Doctor warns against using home quarantine  Listenfacebook
Under the new measures, residents returning from the mainland – except from Guangdong – must now do 14 days of home quarantine. But infectious diseases expert, Leung Chi-chiu, says this isn't good enough and people who have been to places at risk from Covid-19 should quarantine at a designated hotel. Dr Leung spoke to Jimmy Choi:
No new cases found in overnight lockdowns  Listenfacebook
Health authorities have reported two imported Covid cases, from America and the United Arab Emirates. But overnight lockdowns were imposed in Tsim Sha Tsui and Sham Shui Po because of two possible cases; one is a construction worker who - if confirmed - would be the city's first local case in almost 60 days. The other is a teenage girl who is a close contact of a confirmed case in Macau. The overnight lockdowns finished by 6:45am on Thursday. A total of 730 residents were tested and no new cases were found. Richard Pyne reports:
Expert says mainland Covid rise is worrying  Listenfacebook
A top microbiologist said it was predictable and worrisome that the Covid cases on Hong Kong's borders would eventually enter the city. He said no place could keep the number of infections at zero. Dr Siddharth Sridhar, an assistant professor at the University of Hong Kong's Department of Microbiology said Hong Kong residents need to realise that vaccination was the only way out of the pandemic. He spoke to Jim Gould about the uncertainties surrounding Hong Kong's first possible local case in nearly 60 days:
Macau launches city-wide Covid testing  Listenfacebook
Macau has launched a mass Covid-19 testing exercise with the aim of checking its 650,000 residents within three days. Various entertainment venues have been shut to curb the spread of the virus but casinos will stay open for the time being. Timmy Sung reports:
Long queues still seen outside Macau testing centres  Listenfacebook
A Macau journalist said news of the first local Covid cases in more than 500 days had “sounded the alarm” of a potential outbreak for residents of the SAR, and that large numbers of people heeded the call for mass testing with long queues building up outside some 41 testing stations across the city. Jose Carlos Matias, the editor-in chief of Macau Business, told Samantha Butler that the mass testing was “unprecedented”, but so far, no new cases had been found:
Mainland rushing to curb Delta infections  Listenfacebook
The mainland reported its highest daily number of local coronavirus cases in months on Wednesday, after mass testing and contact-tracing campaigns uncovered dozens of Delta variant infections. Violet Wong reports:
HKU students face campus ban  Listenfacebook
The University of Hong Kong's governing council is banning all students who attended a controversial meeting of the students' union council from the campus. As Jimmy Choi reports, the meeting in question, on July 7, had seen a motion passed that expressed sadness over the suicide of a man who stabbed a police officer:
Transitional housing plan comes up empty  Listenfacebook
A political group says a government scheme to turn empty hotel rooms into homes for people awaiting public housing is falling flat, just four months after its introduction. Tik Chi-yuen, the chairman of Third Side, says only 200 rooms had been converted so far, even though the hospitality sector was prepared to offer up to 10,000. He spoke to Natale Ching:
Govt attempts to ease fears over sanctions law  Listenfacebook
Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng has sought to play down concern about reports that Beijing is planning to introduce an anti-sanctions law to Hong Kong, and the impact it could have on local financial institutions. Damon Pang reports:
Rugby Sevens cancelled over Delta concerns, travel curbs  Listenfacebook
November's Hong Kong Rugby Sevens has been officially cancelled. The Hong Kong Rugby Union said the decision was "painful" but it had little choice because of continuing travel restrictions and worries over emerging Covid variants. A new date has been set for April next year. The union’s Chief Executive, Robbie McRobbie, told Janice Wong he was optimistic it would go ahead in 2022: