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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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Helper quarantine hotel fully-booked for two months  Listenfacebook
The Silka Tsuen Wan hotel says it’s fully-booked until November 1, with 70 percent of its 409 rooms reserved for foreign domestic helpers. It’s the only hotel set aside by the government in which helpers can complete their 21 days’ quarantine. There has been a shortage of helpers in Hong Kong after flights from the Philippines and Indonesia were banned in April and May respectively. But the three countries struck an agreement last week for helpers to begin arriving in Hong Kong from Monday. RTHK's Manila correspondent, Alan Robles, told Janice Wong there was confusion in the Philippines over what was required:
Philippine Airlines banned for two weeks  Listenfacebook
On the eve of a scheme to allow in domestic helpers from the Philippines and Indonesia, Philippine Airlines and Turkish Airlines have been banned from flying to Hong Kong for 14 days over the city's latest imported Covid-19 cases. As Todd Harding reports, there were seven imported coronavirus cases on Sunday:
Govt wants high jab rate before re-opening borders  Listenfacebook
The government says it aims to get everyone in Hong Kong vaccinated against Covid-19. The official in charge of the city's inoculation programme says without a high vaccination rate, it will be difficult to re-open the border with the mainland or drastically relax social distancing measures. Currently, around 50 percent of Hong Kong's population has had both vaccine doses. Jimmy Choi reports:
School vaccine target 'out of touch'  Listenfacebook
With the new academic year just around the corner, a former lawmaker has described as "out of touch" a requirement that schools have to reach a 70 percent vaccination rate in order to resume full-day lessons. During the previous school year, only international schools were allowed to resume full-day in-person classes, while the rest had to conduct partial learning online. Timmy Sung reports:
Animals abandoned amid exodus from HK  Listenfacebook
Animal lovers say the recent departure of thousands of Hong Kong people seeking new lives elsewhere has led to a surge in the number of abandoned pets. Vanessa Cheng has been speaking with some people who’ve been trying to help find new owners for these left-behind animals:
Bookstore cites politics for its closure  Listenfacebook
Independent English bookstore, Bleak House Books, says it will close later in the year, citing political reasons. Jimmy Choi reports:
HK firms urged to embrace five-year plan  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong cannot sit on its laurels and should do more to fit in the country's latest five-year plan. That's according to Financial Secretary Paul Chan, who's stressed the need for the finance and other sectors to think out of the box as they continue to develop, as Timmy Sung reports:
US conducts drone strike in Afghanistan  Listenfacebook
US defence officials say they've carried out an air strike on a vehicle in the Afghan capital, Kabul, to prevent a further bomb attack on the airport by the Islamic State group. It comes after last week's deadly bombing at Kabul airport, which killed at least 175 people, including 13 US marines. The deadline for the last US troop withdrawal from the country comes on Tuesday, August 31. RTHK's Washington correspondent Barry Wood begins by telling Samantha Butler what is known so far about the US air strike: