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

2021-08-18
Wednesday

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Tougher quarantine rules take effect on Friday  Listenfacebook
The government says people arriving in the city will no longer be able to undergo a shorter period of quarantine with a positive antibody test. Chief Executive Carrie Lam says the government is following expert advice to "err on the side of caution" in light of the Delta coronavirus variant. Cecil Wong reports:
Transit passengers may have infected airport staff  Listenfacebook
The Centre for Health Protection reported three new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, two of which were imported. Health authorities say the other case - an airport lounge staff who lives in Tung Chung - likely became infected by transit passengers, rather than in the community. Timmy Sung reports:
Expert says tighter measures crucial to ward off Delta  Listenfacebook
Infectious diseases specialist Joseph Tsang has welcomed the government's decision to further tighten quarantine arrangements for those arriving in Hong Kong. He told Jim Gould the move is crucial in warding off the more contagious Delta coronavirus variant:
Sinovac increases risk of facial paralysis  Listenfacebook
A team of University of Hong Kong researchers says its latest study has shown the Sinovac Covid-19 jab can lead to an increased risk of Bell’s palsy - a type of facial paralysis. But it still concluded the benefits of the jab outweighed the risks. Violet Wong reports:
Law Society cautioned over behaviour  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam has warned that the government may cut ties with the Law Society if it puts politics above professionalism. The president of the Law Society denied the claims, saying the group remained politically neutral in its role as a bridge between solicitors and the administration. As Frances Sit reports, the CE also said it was biased for foreign politicians and media to say freedom was being suppressed in Hong Kong:
Rape charge over 38-year-old case  Listenfacebook
Police have charged a 58-year-old man for raping and robbing a girl 38 years ago. As Vicky Wong reports, it followed a breakthrough in forensics technology:
Beauty store in racial row  Listenfacebook
Minorities rights’ group, Hong Kong Unison, says the charter of the Equal Opportunities Commission should be expanded to include clauses on how companies treat clients. The group’s executive director Phyllis Cheung was commenting after a row broke out online over accusations of racial profiling at a beauty products chain store in Tsim Sha Tsui. A social media post - purportedly by a Pakistani woman - accused staff of going through her bag after she and her siblings left the store, but found nothing. The company responded saying it didn't tolerate bias, but the post attracted scorn with users demanding an apology. The claims have not been independently verified, but the row suggests considerable anger over discrimination. Cheung told Janice Wong of similar cases the group had dealt with:
Expert pessimistic over Taliban promises  Listenfacebook
For the first time since their rapid advance across Afghanistan and final entry into the capital, Kabul - the Taliban have given a news conference in the country from which they were expelled 20 years ago. They pledged not to seek "revenge" against their opponents in the country, and promised to respect human and women’s rights. In the capital Kabul, some shops opened and the insurgents told government staff to return to work - though residents reacted cautiously and few women took to the streets. Afghanistan analyst, Reza Hoshmand from the Global Institute of Service Leadership Education, told Samantha Butler he was largely pessimistic over their promises:
India watchful of Afghan developments  Listenfacebook
RTHK's South Asia correspondent, Murali Krishnan, says India will keep a close eye on developments before deciding on what to do next. He told Annemarie Evans that Delhi was expecting a huge influx of refugees from its troubled neighbour: