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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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Care home staff face increased Covid testing  Listenfacebook
The daily Covid-19 caseload in Hong Kong has topped 4,000 for the first time in more than three months. And in light of the infections hitting care homes, staff and visitors will soon be subject to tougher testing requirements. Frank Yung reports:
Health chief calls for unified front on Covid advice  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Health, Lo Chung-mau, says the government and its expert advisers will disseminate information about Covid-19 in a consolidated manner. He says it is aimed at preventing any confusion about the city's coronavirus strategy. Wendy Wong reports:
Lawmakers unhappy with 'English' criteria in doc scheme  Listenfacebook
Lawmakers have urged the government to widen the criteria for selecting medical schools for a special scheme to entice non-locally-trained doctors to practice here. It is part of efforts to address the shortage of public doctors in Hong Kong. Wendy Wong reports:
Govt to update heatstroke guidelines for workers  Listenfacebook
The government is stepping up efforts to protect people working outdoors in hot weather. The labour minister says the government is studying whether to add the Hong Kong Observatory's heat index as a reference factor. Damon Pang reports:
Lawmaker considers the need for heatstroke legislation  Listenfacebook
Unionist lawmaker, Lam Chun-sing, says the government should consider legislation to protect workers from heatstroke if there is no improvement in the number of cases. Official statistics show there were more than 50 heatstroke cases over the past three years. Lam, from the Federation of Hong Kong and Kowloon Labour Unions, welcomed government efforts to update the current guidelines but questioned whether employers would follow them. He spoke to Ben Tse:
Ocean Park visitors mourn death of An An  Listenfacebook
An An - the giant panda that came to Hong Kong more than two decades ago as a gift from the central government - has been euthanised at Ocean Park. The beloved animal was 35, making him over 100-years-old in human years. Maggie Ho reports:
White dolphins benefit from reduced ferry traffic  Listenfacebook
A WWF study shows Chinese white dolphins have been more active in South Lantau waters, thanks to reduced sea traffic amid the pandemic. The group says more dolphins have been out foraging since high-speed ferry services were suspended in the area. Doris Woo, the group's cetacean conservation project manager, told Kelly Yu that the government should put in place marine traffic mitigation measures, such as limiting ferry speeds and setting up buffer zones:
Baidu to trial new driverless cabs  Listenfacebook
A transport expert says new driverless cabs from Baidu will significantly bring down costs in its ride-hailing service. The tech giant already has robo-taxis in 10 Chinese cities. It is looking to trial its latest model - the Apollo RT6 - which it says costs only RMB 250,000 to make. Alok Jain, CEO of Trans-Consult, says the driverless cabs are mostly used for shorter journeys in the city, and regulations, such as who is liable in a traffic accident, still need to be worked out. He begins by describing his experience of a driverless cab to Samantha Butler:
Didi Global fined over data breaches  Listenfacebook
China's cybersecurity regulator has slapped a fine of more than RMB 8 billion on Didi Global, after a year-long probe found the ride-hailing giant had violated laws, including ones on data security. Priscilla Ng reports:
Turkey, Iran row over deadly cross-border strike  Listenfacebook
A diplomatic row has erupted between Iraq and Turkey after nine civilians were killed when artillery shells hit a park in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Most of the victims were Iraqi tourists, and children were among the dead. At least 23 people were wounded. Local officials blamed Turkish forces and Iraq is recalling its charge d'affaires from Ankara. Turkey is suggesting that forces belonging to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, carried out the strike. Annemarie Evans spoke to Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies, at Bradford University in the UK and asked him if the artillery shelling was a rare incident: