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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Ben Tse and Samantha Butler


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CHP expects Covid trend to remain stable  Listenfacebook
Health authorities say they expect the daily Covid caseload to remain at current levels, as social distancing measures are being scaled back. This comes as officials reported 1,179 more infections. Aaron Tam reports:
New RAT rule 'devastating' on bars and nightclubs   Listenfacebook
The chairman of the SoHo Association says a new measure that requires bar and nightclub patrons to show a negative Covid test result to gain entry has had a devastating impact on the number of customers. Richard Feldman was commenting a day after the measure took effect. It was announced on Tuesday, following several recent outbreaks linked to nightlife. He Feldman told Samantha Butler that outbreaks in bars amounted to only three percent of total cases in Hong Kong and he was concerned the new rule would encourage people to head to illegal bars:
John Lee criticises 'bad-mouthing' of HK  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive-designate John Lee says his administration will place considerable emphasis on promoting Hong Kong's legal system to the world. He told a One Country, Two Systems forum this was necessary because of what he described as the self-interested bad mouthing of the SAR. Maggie Ho reports:
Otto Poon's firm sued for price-fixing  Listenfacebook
The Competition Commission has started legal proceedings against a company set up by the husband of the Justice Secretary, Teresa Cheng. It has accused the firm of price-fixing, market-sharing and bid-rigging that could have affected air-conditioning projects worth about $2 billion. Priscilla Ng reports:
HA pledges to shorten wait for specialist care  Listenfacebook
The Hospital Authority has pledged to shorten the waiting times for people to receive specialist care. It says it is not ideal that some new patients need to wait around two years for their appointments. Violet Wong reports:
CUHK research could help people with dust allergies  Listenfacebook
Researchers at the Chinese University say they have discovered the DNA evolution of mites, which they hope will help better control them and the allergies they cause. The researchers say dust and storage mites are major causes of allergies, and that over half of Hong Kong people suffer from at least one. Professor Stephen Tsui, who led the research, says allergies among children have risen over the past 20 years. He explained why to Timmy Sung:
Officials urged to curb abuse of disabled parking spaces  Listenfacebook
A concern group for disabled drivers has urged officials to tackle the abuse of parking spaces for the disabled. It comes after transport authorities last year expanded the free on-street parking arrangement to drivers with a certificate saying they are carrying passengers with physical disabilities. A survey of around 270 people by the Hong Kong Federation of Handicapped Youth's Disabled Driver Club showed the majority of respondents said they had witnessed certificate holders parking at the designated spots without carrying disabled passengers. Eric Chu of the Disabled Driver Club spoke to Ben Tse:
Borrowing costs in HK 'to rise soon'  Listenfacebook
Major local banks - HSBC, Bank of China, Hang Seng and Standard Chartered - say they will not change their best lending and savings rates for Hong Kong dollar deposits. That is despite the decision by the Federal Reserve to raise its key US interest rate by three quarters of a percentage point, to a range of 1.5 to 1.75 percent. An honorary fellow of Chinese University's Asia-Pacific Institute of Business, Simon Lee, says he expects borrowing costs in Hong Kong to rise soon. He told Wendy Wong there could also be a small negative impact on property prices here:
World Cup organisers urged to respect one-China policy  Listenfacebook
Beijing has urged World Cup organisers in Qatar to respect the "one-China" principle. It was commenting after a reference to China was removed for visitors from Taiwan, who were applying for an identification card to the event. Aaron Tam reports: