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


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US offers safe haven for HK residents  Listenfacebook
President Biden has announced he is offering a temporary "safe haven" to Hong Kong residents currently in the US, amid what he says is an ongoing political crackdown in the SAR. As Priscilla Ng reports, the move will potentially allow thousands of HongKongers to extend their stay in the country:
First local Covid case in 60 days confirmed  Listenfacebook
Health officials have confirmed the first local case of Covid-19 in about 60 days, though they say the man was probably infected some time ago. The patient is a 43-year-old construction worker who lives in Sham Shui Po. He had tested a weak positive, then tested negative in hospital but had antibodies for the virus. On Thursday, there were also five imported cases from Ireland, Cambodia, the United States, Thailand and Russia. Meanwhile, the government says Hong Kong has achieved a 50 percent vaccination rate for the first Covid jab, while 38 percent have had both shots. Robert Kemp reports:
Home quarantine eased for the fully-vaccinated  Listenfacebook
The government says it will partially ease home quarantine restrictions for fully-vaccinated people arriving from the mainland and Macau. Earlier, it had suspended its Return2hk quarantine-free scheme because of Covid cases in both places - giving an exemption to Guangdong province, from where people don't need to quarantine. Vicky Wong reports:
Macau wraps up mandatory testing  Listenfacebook
Friday is the last day of mandatory testing for Macau's entire population. Over 650,000 residents of the SAR were ordered to get a Covid-19 test during a three-day period, after new infections broke its more than 500 days with no cases. Thousands of people have been seen queuing up outside some 40-odd testing stations set up around the territory. Violet Wong reports:
Govt provides more Covid-relief for travel sector  Listenfacebook
The government is providing another round of pandemic relief subsidies to the ailing tourism industry, amounting to almost HK$380 million. The package includes a HK$7,500 subsidy to travel agents' staff, tour guides and tour escorts; as well as at least HK$50,000 in subsidies to travel agencies. The cross-boundary passenger transport trade will also benefit. But the chairman of the Hong Kong Association of Travel Agents, Freddy Yip, told Frances Sit that the sector probably needed more help as the resumption of cross-border travel was nowhere in sight:
HK wins two Olympic bronze medals  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong has claimed its fifth medal at the Tokyo Games - the SAR's most successful Olympics ever. Grace Lau secured the SAR's second bronze medal on Thursday, after beating Turkey's Dilara Bozan in the women's kata karate. Earlier, the Hong Kong women's table tennis team of Doo Hoi-kem, Lee Hoi-ching and Minnie Soo also took home a bronze medal, after defeating the 2016 silver medallists Germany 3-1 to set off celebrations across the city. Timmy Sung reports:
Sports expert hails ‘excellent news’ from Olympics  Listenfacebook
A sporting academic says he hopes Hong Kong’s medal success at the Tokyo Games will encourage more investment and participation in sport in the SAR. The city has so far won five medals overall. Professor Julien Baker, the head of Baptist University's Department of Sports, told Janice Wong he felt the success was down to athletes’ preparation, and top coaching from the Hong Kong Sports Institute:
Top legal scholar resigns over HKU union row  Listenfacebook
Law lecturer Eric Cheung says he has resigned as a member of the University of Hong Kong's governing council, after the body banned from campus all students who attended a recent controversial union meeting. The legal scholar himself did not attend the meeting in question, when students passed a motion expressing support for a man who'd killed himself after stabbing a police officer. Frances Sit reports:
Highly-sensitive stool test can detect autism  Listenfacebook
Researchers from the Chinese University say they've developed a stool test that can detect or predict autism in young children. They say their test - which looks at five types of bacteria - can detect autism with a sensitivity of 80 percent. Professor Siew Ng, an associate director of the university's centre for Gut Microbiota Research, spoke to Vicky Wong about the team's findings and the significance of the research: