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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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Another toddler hospitalised with croup  Listenfacebook
Health officials have again called on parents to inoculate their children against Covid-19 after yet another infected toddler was placed in intensive care. The boy developed croup, which narrows the airways, and was critically ill by Monday afternoon. Joanne Wong reports:
Youngsters vaccine outreach services stepped up  Listenfacebook
The government says it will arrange more Covid vaccine outreach services for kindergartens and child daycare centres to try to boost the vaccination rate among toddlers. Previously, outreach inoculation teams only visited these venues when at least 30 people needed a jab, but that number has now been lowered to 10. Damon Pang reports:
Warning over face mask bacteria  Listenfacebook
The Consumer Council has called for face masks to be regulated in the same way as other medical devices. It made the appeal after warning that one in five of the masks it recently tested had bacterial levels that exceeded European standards. Kelly Yu reports:
Dyes used in coloured masks 'safe'  Listenfacebook
The Consumer Council's chief executive, Gilly Wong, says due to the bacterial load on some of the face masks it tested, they should not be worn by pregnant women or people with compromised immune systems. She also said some of the masks claimed to have a level 3 filtration standards of 98 percent, when they only met level 1 standards. But she told Janice Wong that no problems were found in the dyes used in coloured masks:
Littering fines under review amid blackspot campaign  Listenfacebook
The government says its campaign to clean up Hong Kong will continue until at least 2024, but hopefully it will not need to last forever if people stop littering. The official in charge of the campaign also reiterated that fines for littering and dumping were under review. The campaign to target many of Hong Kong's littering blackspots was launched over the weekend, as Maggie Ho reports:
Call to increase fines for dumped cars to $10,000  Listenfacebook
A former president of the Hong Kong Automobile Association, Wesley Wan, says fines for dumping unwanted cars or motorcycles should be increased to $10,000 in order to deter the behaviour. He said the problem of abandoned vehicles had become "pretty bad", with motorbikes dumped in alleyways and unwanted cars left in the New Territories and on vacant construction sites. He said the current littering fine was $1,500 while it could cost around a few thousand dollars to arrange for proper disposal. Wan told Samantha Butler how bad Hong Kong’s abandoned vehicle problem was:
Man jailed for indecently assaulting 10-year-old  Listenfacebook
A 48-year-old man has been jailed for 12 months for indecently assaulting a 10-year-old girl. He had previously served an 18-year sentence for manslaughter, as Altis Wong reports:
Injured teacher jailed for illegal assembly  Listenfacebook
A former liberal studies teacher has been sentenced to nine months in prison after admitting taking part in an illegal assembly at the start of the social unrest three years ago. The 32-year-old suffered a permanent injury in the protest that prevented the second reading of the Fugitive Offenders amendment bill. Timmy Sung reports:
Police use big data to fight fake news  Listenfacebook
The police say they have introduced a new mechanism that monitors public opinion online using big data, in their continuing fight against disinformation. Officers say failure to tackle the problem in a timely manner could generate hatred towards the government. Timmy Sung reports:
Construction trade expects soaring manpower demand  Listenfacebook
The Construction Industry Council says using innovative building methods will be a trend among developers to help them deal with labour shortages as demand for manpower goes up. They expect the increased demand to come from the government's goal of building more housing, and predict that construction expenditure will increase 30 percent to over $300 billion in the coming decade. The council's executive director Albert Cheng spoke to Vanessa Cheng:
Beijing denounces US lawmakers trip to Taipei  Listenfacebook
Beijing has denounced a visit to Taipei by a US congressional delegation. The People's Liberation Army said it had organised fresh military drills around Taiwan, as Priscilla Ng reports: