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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

2021-08-20
Friday

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Talks scrapped on Singapore-HK travel bubble  Listenfacebook
Singapore says it's to lift its quarantine requirement for travellers arriving from Hong Kong. But people taking a vacation to the city-state still need to do two weeks of hotel quarantine on their return to the SAR. It comes as both governments agree to stop pursuing a travel bubble after taking into account the differences in anti-epidemic controls adopted by the two places. Joanne Wong reports:
Furore over Nicole Kidman avoiding quarantine  Listenfacebook
Hollywood star Nicole Kidman has become the latest celebrity to face criticism for avoiding strict quarantine rules that apply to most international travellers. The Australian actress flew in to Hong Kong on a private jet, to film a new show about the lives of wealthy, glamorous expats. The government says she hasn't breached any conditions that came with her quarantine-free arrival. Wendy Wong reports:
European business leader says HK Covid strategy ‘outdated’  Listenfacebook
A business representative says Hong Kong’s zero-Covid strategy with its strict quarantine measures is outdated and creates too much uncertainty, especially for the business community. The vice chair of the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, Inaki Amate, was commenting after tighter quarantine requirements took effect from Friday, as the government tries to prevent the more infectious Delta Covid variant from spreading in the community. Amate told Janice Wong that and society should adapt and learn how to live with the virus:
Doctor warns against mixing Covid jabs  Listenfacebook
Respiratory medicine specialist Leung Chi-chiu has called on people not to mix vaccines after a man reportedly got a BioNTech jab in Hong Kong in June, four months after receiving two Sinovac shots in Beijing. He also told Violet Wong that people shouldn't rush to get a booster dose of the Covid-19 jab as vaccines would continue to protect against serious illness even if one’s antibody levels fall:
CUHK studies booster shots for Sinovac recipients  Listenfacebook
Researchers at the Chinese University have started giving Covid-19 booster shots to people who've had both doses of the Sinovac vaccine. As Violet Wong reports, a study the university conducted found these people had low antibody levels:
Suspected case of contaminated test sample  Listenfacebook
Health experts say samples of a man who tested positive for the coronavirus might have been contaminated by inactivated virus strains from Sinovac vaccines. If confirmed, it would be the second such case in recent months. Joanne Wong reports:
Bail granted to one HKU terror suspect  Listenfacebook
Four University of Hong Kong students charged with advocating terrorism have been remanded in custody after their court appearance on Thursday. They were arrested by national security police the day before, after they took part in a student union council meeting that passed a motion, mourning a man who'd killed himself after stabbing a policemen. Frances Sit reports:
Petrol bomb duo jailed for over three years  Listenfacebook
The District Court has jailed a man for 40 months and another for 36 months for having petrol bombs in 2019. As Jimmy Choi reports, the judge said deterrent sentences were necessary to reflect the severity of the case:
Guilty pleas over case linked to Jimmy Lai  Listenfacebook
Two men have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to collude with foreign forces, in a national security case linked to jailed media tycoon Jimmy Lai. Jimmy Choi reports:
Police make record drug haul  Listenfacebook
Police have made their largest drug seizure of the year, netting 148 kg of crystal meth and 86 kg of heroin. The haul is estimated to have a street value of $195 million. It's been a bumper year for the police so far, with official figures showing illicit drug seizures up over 60 percent in the first six months of this year. Kelly Yu reports:
CA upholds two complaints against RTHK  Listenfacebook
The Communications Authority says two complaints against RTHK have been substantiated, including one that involved the wrong use of the term "nationwide" in a news story about Taiwan. Timmy Sung reports:
Lantau Tomorrow plan ‘unnecessary’  Listenfacebook
Two think tanks have called on the authorities to put the brakes on a planned mega-reclamation housing project off Lantau. The Professional Commons and Liber Research Community made the call after it published a new report, saying there are more brownfields in the New Territories than estimated by the government. These pieces of unused formerly-industrial land sites could be developed together with other land resources they identified at the end of last year, meaning there's no reason to embark on the expensive and environmentally-damaging Lantau Tomorrow project. Caesar Choi from the Liber Research Community spoke to RTHK's Ben Tse about their latest findings:
Crowds welcome HK medallists  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong’s record-breaking Olympians have soaked up the adulation from an enthusiastic crowd, as they toured the city on Thursday on an open-top bus to celebrate their success at the Tokyo Games. Kelly Yu spoke to a few of the sports fans who were there: