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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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Daily Covid caseload remains over 3,000  Listenfacebook
Health authorities have warned that a drastic increase in infections could overwhelm the healthcare system. Over 1,100 people are in hospital with Covid, as Hong Kong again reported a daily caseload of over 3,000. Timmy Sung reports:
Warning to remain vigilant against anti-China forces  Listenfacebook
National People's Congress Standing Committee member, Tam Yiu-chung, says all Hong Kong people have a duty to remain vigilant against anti-China forces. But he also says the label does not apply to those who merely hold different views. Damon Pang reports:
New youth minister vows to empower young people  Listenfacebook
The government has promised to put young people at the forefront of policymaking, with a revamped Home Affairs Bureau also including youth policies in its purview. As the new bureau's top official, Secretary for Home and Youth Affairs Alice Mak says young people must be given opportunities to pursue their dreams and succeed. In an interview with RTHK, she also says officials must show sincerity while reaching out to youngsters and hearing them out. Frank Yung reports:
University entrance exam results released Wed  Listenfacebook
The Examinations and Assessment Authority says more than 40 percent of candidates at local schools who sat the Diploma of Secondary Education exam met the minimum university entrance requirements. It also says the race to secure a university place here may be less intense this year. Violet Wong reports:
Decline in DSE candidates yet to peak  Listenfacebook
The head of a community college says he expects a further decline of up to to five percent in the number of students sitting the local university entrance exam. Professor L S Chan, the principal of HKU Space Community College, says a declining birth rate and a recent exodus of students means a shrinking number of candidates. He told Samantha Butler that the pandemic may have had an impact on results:
Book vendors expect drop in fair sales  Listenfacebook
Book fair vendors are bracing for weaker sales this year. They said this is because of pandemic restrictions. Sean Kennedy reports:
School bus driver jailed over Sha Tin crash  Listenfacebook
A school bus driver has been given a five-month jail sentence over a crash in Sha Tin in June last year that left almost two dozen students injured. Priscilla Ng reports:
Outrage over Nancy Pelosi's planned Taiwan trip  Listenfacebook
Beijing has stressed that a visit to Taiwan by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would seriously undermine China's sovereignty and territorial integrity. Media reports have suggested there are divisions in the US administration over her visit. Aaron Tam reports:
Australia environment report sounds dire warning  Listenfacebook
A five-year government report has found Australia's environment is deteriorating due to climate change, resource extraction and other factors, prompting leaders to promise new laws and enforcement of them. The State of the Environment report also added political pressure on the government to set a more ambitious greenhouse gas reduction target when Parliament resumes next week for the first time since the elections in May. The previous conservative government received the report in December, but decided against making it public before the elections. Annemarie Evans spoke to RTHK’s Australia correspondent Gerry Gannon about the dire warnings in the report: