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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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Govt to ease travel restrictions from June 1  Listenfacebook
The government has announced that from Wednesday, travellers who have recently recovered from Covid-19 but still test positive for the virus in PCR tests will be allowed to fly into Hong Kong. But their rapid antigen test must come back negative within 24 hours of boarding a flight. Priscilla Ng reports:
Covid cluster found at second Central bar  Listenfacebook
Authorities have reported a new cluster of Covid infections that centres on a second bar in Central - this time involving 11 people at The Iron Fairies bar on Hollywood Road. Damon Pang reports:
Quarantine-free Japan travel welcomed by agencies  Listenfacebook
The Travel Industry Council says agencies have received many inquiries about tours to Japan, since it was announced on Friday that the country would begin accepting groups of visitors from Hong Kong. Fanny Yeung, the Council's executive director, said the first tour - comprising just two travellers - is scheduled to depart on June 19. She said tours to Japan previously would last around three days, and involve up to 20 people. But she told Janice Wong that with seven days hotel quarantine required on return to the SAR, travellers were booking longer visits in smaller groups:
Soco: jobless workers missing out on pandemic relief  Listenfacebook
The Society for Community Organisation has called on officials to reconsider the applications of thousands of unemployed workers who were deemed ineligible for its Temporary Unemployment Relief scheme. Authorities earlier said the applications of some 100,000 people were rejected because they did not meet the necessary requirements. To be eligible for the $10,000 subsidy, applicants must have worked for at least a month from October to December last year, and must have been jobless for 30 straight days. Soco's deputy head, Sze Lai-shan, told Damon Pang that some people the group interviewed last month failed to get the money even though they believed they were eligible:
Businesses re-open as Shanghai, Beijing ease lockdowns  Listenfacebook
Commercial activities are gradually resuming in Shanghai and Beijing as the Covid situation there eases. It signals the worst is over in the twin outbreaks in China's most prominent cities. Vicky Wong reports:
Civil service chief defends proposed pay rises  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for the Civil Service, Patrick Nip, says it is reasonable for government workers to expect pay rises after having their salaries frozen for two years. As Wendy Wong reports, Nip says remuneration offered by the government should be competitive to attract and retain talent:
Security law 'strengthens investor confidence'  Listenfacebook
The Financial Secretary Paul Chan has hailed the national security law, saying it has consolidated Hong Kong's role as an international financial centre. As Priscilla Ng reports, Chan says the law has strengthened investors' confidence in the city:
Exco convenor signals upcoming departure  Listenfacebook
The convenor of the Executive Council, Bernard Chan, has hinted he will not stay in the top advisory and policymaking body in the new government headed by incoming Chief Executive John Lee. Wendy Wong reports:
Youth group voices concern over proposed 'fake news' law  Listenfacebook
A youth services group has called on the authorities to consider only regulating social media platforms if it is to legislate against fake news. The government has said it is looking into introducing new laws to tackle misinformation and disinformation. The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups says such legislation is controversial and should be thoroughly discussed by society, adding that there should also be measures to encourage people to check facts. The group's convenor, Ronald Chan, says the federation made the recommendations after interviewing experts and polling more than 700 people. He spoke to Joanne Wong:
Four charged with Mong Kok murder  Listenfacebook
Three men and a woman have been charged with the murder of a man who was stabbed to death in a Mong Kok flat on Friday. Ben Tse reports:
Biden visits scene of deadly school shooting  Listenfacebook
President Biden has been visiting Uvalde in Texas to meet the families of some of those killed in America's deadliest school shooting for a decade. He and the First Lady, Jill Biden, laid flowers at a memorial site at the Robb Elementary School. Nineteen children and two teachers were killed on Tuesday when a teenage gunman barricaded himself in a classroom. Biden's visit comes amid lingering questions about whether law enforcement's failure to act swiftly contributed to the death toll, as RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, explained to Samantha Butler: