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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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Countries upgraded to higher risk due to Delta spread  Listenfacebook
The government has announced tighter quarantine arrangements for people arriving in Hong Kong from 16 countries, including the United States. It says the global Covid situation is under threat from the more infectious Delta variant despite wide-ranging vaccination schemes, and this poses a huge threat to the SAR's anti-epidemic efforts. Fifteen countries will be upgraded to high risk, meaning arrivals have to be vaccinated and undergo 21 days' quarantine. Those countries include Malaysia, Spain, Thailand, and the United States. The re-classification of the countries takes effect on Friday. Respiratory disease specialist, Leung Chi-chiu, welcomed the move but told Violet Wong that more countries should be classified as "high risk":
Govt advisers call for stricter quarantine  Listenfacebook
Following that announcement to reclassify several countries, an expert committee under the Centre for Health Protection recommended extending the quarantine period for fully-vaccinated returnees from low- and medium-risk countries to 14 days. It comes after a fully-vaccinated woman tested positive for the virus after finishing her seven days' quarantine. Wong Yin-ting reports:
Expert questions stricter quarantine while loopholes exist  Listenfacebook
An epidemiologist says Hong Kong residents still face a risk from the Delta variant, despite the tightening of quarantine measures. Professor Benjamin Cowling from the University of Hong Kong's School of Public Health cited loopholes whereby the virus could enter the SAR, such as via air and maritime crew, diplomatic staff and their families who are exempt from quarantine, as well as staff at quarantine hotels. He spoke to Samantha Butler:
No new cases found in Tung Chung lockdown  Listenfacebook
Authorities say they tested more than 1,600 people at a housing block in Tung Chung that was locked down overnight after a resident tested preliminary positive for Covid-19 and carried the more infectious L452R mutant strain. No new cases were found and the lockdown was lifted at 7 o'clock on Tuesday morning. Richard Pyne reports:
Liberal Party wants more quarantine exemptions  Listenfacebook
The Liberal Party is calling on the government to extend quarantine exemptions from bankers to more workers, such as those involved in international trade and logistics. The party was giving ideas to the Chief Executive Carrie Lam ahead of her upcoming policy address. Party leader Felix Chung told Kelly Yu the government could also do more to attract youngsters to work in the Greater Bay Area:
Billion-dollar price tag for Legco extension  Listenfacebook
The president of the Legislative Council, Andrew Leung, says it's expected to cost almost $1.2 billion to expand the Legco complex in Tamar. The plan involves renovating facilities and adding several floors to the existing building, and a new structure on the Legco grounds. The work is needed to accommodate an additional 20 lawmakers under the SAR's electoral system overhaul. Violet Wong reports:
Legal bodies warned to stay out of politics  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Justice, Teresa Cheng, says legal bodies in Hong Kong should not get involved with politics. As Frances Sit reports, Ms Cheng's comments echo those made by the People's Daily:
Consumer watchdog warns against hidden relocation fees  Listenfacebook
The Consumer Council has urged people relocating overseas to watch out for moving companies’ surcharges. The consumer watchdog says there's been a steep rise in complaints about these costs this year, as Frances Sit reports:
Pesticides present in dried fruit samples  Listenfacebook
The Consumer Council also says tests of dried fruit on sale have found more than 40 percent contained at least three types of pesticides which could pose health risks. Frances Sit reports:
Green groups call for faster ban on plastic tableware  Listenfacebook
Ten green groups have called on the government to speed up the implementation of its ban on plastic tableware and have it in place by 2025. It comes after a recent investigation showed the plastic disposable items comprised up to 60 percent of the takeaway tableware from four major fast-food chains. Greenpeace campaigner, Leanne Tam, told Janice Wong the government needed to commit to a concrete timeline for a total ban: