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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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Unvaccinated may be barred from premises  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, has warned that unvaccinated people may be barred from certain premises, such as schools, if Hong Kong is hit by another wave of Covid-19. Lam gave assurances that there were no concrete plans for such a move yet, but said it would be better than having to close down school campuses again. Some experts have warned of a possible backlash if the administration adopts such an approach. Violet Wong reports:
HK's approach to elderly vaccination questioned  Listenfacebook
A Chinese University professor who specialises in healthcare for the elderly says the vaccination rate for older people is low because they were incorrectly told they should only get the jab if their chronic illnesses were under control. Professor Jean Woo told Violet Wong that she wasn't aware of anywhere else in the world where they advised the elderly with underlying diseases to get medical advice before receiving a Covid vaccine:
Penny’s Bay to quarantine incoming helpers  Listenfacebook
Foreign domestic helpers arriving from overseas will be allowed to quarantine at the Penny's Bay Quarantine Centre from the end of next month. This comes after employers groups complained about the high cost of rooms at the only hotel set aside to quarantine helpers, the Silka Tsuen Wan. The Chief Executive Carrie Lam says 800 rooms will be available at Penny’s Bay at a daily rate of around $500. Wendy Wong reports:
Expanded scheme to allow in medical specialists  Listenfacebook
The medical-sector lawmaker, Pierre Chan, isn't happy with the government's latest proposals to make it easier for overseas-trained doctors to work in the SAR. He says the plan fails to tackle key reasons for a lack of staff in public hospitals. Joanne Wong reports:
Patients’ group welcomes doctor plan  Listenfacebook
Patients' rights activist Tim Pang, from the Society for Community Organisation, says he supports the scheme to allow non-permanent specialists to work in Hong Kong. He told Timmy Sung it could help address a severe shortage of doctors at public hospitals:
Doctors concerns over autonomy, standards  Listenfacebook
Doctors have expressed concern over standards and their autonomy, following the government’s plan to allow in non-permanent residents to work as specialists. The president of the Public Doctors' Association, Dr Tony Ling, told Samantha Butler that they were most concerned about the government's special registration committee to screen candidates:
Students happier as society returns to normal  Listenfacebook
A Lingnan University survey shows Hong Kong students have become happier since social distancing restrictions have eased and the widespread social unrest of 2019 has ended. The annual Happiness Index also found students at subsidised schools were happier than those in local schools, while bullying was most prevalent for lower classes. The research designer, Professor Ho Lok-sang, told Janice Wong the reasons for happier students:
Teachers stressed over revamped liberal studies  Listenfacebook
Students at most local schools head back to campus on Wednesday after a long summer break. Many may be apprehensive about the start of a new school year. But a new survey has found in fact it's the teachers who are feeling stressed. Maggie Ho reports:
Mother upset over coroner's ruling  Listenfacebook
A coroner's jury has unanimously concluded that a 19-year-old student died of natural causes after he collapsed while jogging during a physical education class in March 2019. Nevertheless, the jury recommended education authorities inspect schools on a regular basis to ensure they follow guidelines on physical education. Timmy Sung reports:
HK leader denies societal crackdown  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam has denied claims that the government is cracking down on civil society, saying the police have simply been ensuring that no groups or individuals are able to endanger national security. Damon Pang reports:
Vote-rigging allegations dismissed  Listenfacebook
A failed DAB candidate in the 2019 district council polls has lost a legal bid to have the election result overturned, with the High Court dismissing his suggestion of possible vote rigging. Wendy Wong reports:
Man jailed for four years for rioting  Listenfacebook
The District Court has acquitted three men of rioting in Mong Kok two years ago, but has sentenced another man to four years in prison after finding him guilty. Jimmy Choi reports:
Mainland factory activity slows  Listenfacebook
Factory activity on the mainland has grown at a lower pace in August, while the services sector slumped into contraction, reflecting the impact of coronavirus-related restrictions and high raw material prices. Steve Dunthorne reports: