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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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Official says HK wasted time on political fighting  Listenfacebook
A senior mainland official has told Hong Kong's lawmakers that the city has wasted a lot of time and resources in recent years on political arguments. Huang Liuquan, the Deputy Director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, said people here realised the city's safety depended on national security, after the widespread anti-extradition protests of 2019. The mainland official, who oversees Hong Kong affairs, was briefing lawmakers on the nation's 14th five-year plan in an unprecedented session in Legco on Monday. As Jimmy Choi reports, Huang said China's dream of rejuvenating the nation was also the dream of seven-and-a-half million Hong Kong people:
Lawmakers call for mainland border to re-open  Listenfacebook
Some lawmakers who attended a later seminar with Huang Liuquan have called on mainland and Hong Kong authorities to start discussions on reopening the border. It's been closed since Chinese New Year last year, after the pandemic broke out in the SAR. Joanne Wong reports:
FTU's Mak criticises no-show of lawmakers  Listenfacebook
Federation of Trade Unions lawmaker Alice Mak said it was a "pity" that two non-establishment lawmakers did not take part in the seminar on the nation's five-year plan. Mak said everyone in Hong Kong should be familiar with the country's development blueprint, adding that it was high time for the SAR to focus on development and improving people's livelihoods. She also told Samantha Butler that one of the most pressing priorities for Hong Kong was to have the borders reopened as soon as possible:
Doctor calls for quarantine system for helpers  Listenfacebook
Infectious diseases expert, Joseph Tsang, says the government has to make sure a centralised quarantine system is in place for thousands of domestic helpers who are expected to start flying in from the Philippines soon. Philippine authorities say some three thousand helpers are on standby to come to the SAR, as early as August 30th, under a new agreement struck with Hong Kong. Flights from the Philippines and Indonesia have been banned since April and June following a surge of coronavirus cases in the countries. Maggie Ho reports:
Fears dismissed over BioNTech, heart disease link  Listenfacebook
Infectious diseases expert Joseph Tsang says people don't have to worry too much about a University of Hong Kong study that shows injecting the BioNTech vaccine into a vein could lead to two heart diseases: myocarditis and pericarditis. He says medical workers will ensure the vaccine is injected into a muscle. He also told Kelly Yu that those with weak immunity may have to get a third dose of Covid vaccine:
Mainland reports no new local Covid cases  Listenfacebook
The mainland's health authority has reported no new locally-transmitted cases of Covid-19 for the first time since July. Natale Ching reports:
Four jailed for obstructing rape case  Listenfacebook
The High Court has sent four members of the same family to prison after they obstructed a teenage relative from testifying in a rape trial. Richard Pyne reports:
Doctor guilty of manslaughter over failed liposuction   Listenfacebook
A doctor has been found guilty of manslaughter over a botched liposuction operation in 2014 in which her patient died. She will be sentenced next week, as Violet Wong reports:
Biden, Johnson discuss extending troop deployment  Listenfacebook
The Taliban have warned they won't accept US troops staying in Afghanistan beyond the agreed deadline of the 31st August. With thousands of desperate people still frantically trying to get on flights out of Kabul airport, US allies like Britain and France are urging President Biden to delay the troop withdrawal. But the Taliban say such a move would cross a red line and violate the peace deal it struck with the US last year. Annemarie Evans asked RTHK's UK correspondent, Gavin Grey, just how likely the foreign troop deployment could be extended beyond the August 31st deadline: