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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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Parents warned to watch for Covid-related conditions  Listenfacebook
A paediatric specialist has called on parents to keep a close eye on their children who are infected with Covid, saying hospitals are seeing more cases of croup - which narrows the airways - as well as a post-Covid condition that could land the children in intensive care. He also revealed that a fifth of the children he is treating in his specialist unit had developed long-term symptoms of the virus. Violet Wong reports:
Post-Covid complications found in children  Listenfacebook
Paediatric specialist, Mike Kwan, says Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MISC) can affect the patient's heart, brain, liver and kidneys. He told Violet Wong more about the post-Covid condition sending children into intensive care:
Condition of Covid-hit toddler improves  Listenfacebook
The condition of a toddler who was admitted to intensive care on Monday suffering from Covid-induced croup has improved. That was revealed at the daily coronavirus briefing on Tuesday. But an official warned that the rising tide of Covid admissions may force hospitals to cut back on non-emergency services. Natale Ching reports:
Kai Tak operator urges clearer policies on cruises  Listenfacebook
The operator of the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal says it would take between three to six months to bring cruises back to Hong Kong, and many were bypassing the city with itineraries already planned for the next several years. Jeff Bent, managing director of Worldwide Cruise Terminals, said Royal Caribbean was the only cruise operator remaining in the city and pushing to get 'cruises-to-nowhere' restarted. They have been put on hold since February. He told Samantha Butler that the government should introduce transparent Covid policies, such as when cruises would be suspended if Covid cases were found, to encourage operators to return:
Fund managers call for lifting of quarantine  Listenfacebook
Fund management representatives have called for all quarantine measures to be lifted by November, saying it is crucial for the SAR to reconnect with the world. The Hong Kong Investment Funds Association interviewed 36 fund management companies in July. The survey indicated two-thirds of the firms found it difficult to retain and attract international talent under the current Covid restrictions, which include three nights in hotel quarantine for arrivals. A third of the firms have moved some regional and global posts to other offices outside the territory, while others have reduced their headcount in Hong Kong. The association's chief executive, Sally Wong, says Hong Kong should reopen its borders for international events scheduled for November:
Govt vows to crack down on bad civil servants  Listenfacebook
The government has vowed to take more resolute action against misbehaving civil servants, after revealing that 51 had been dismissed in the past financial year. That is around a third of the government staff sacked over the past five years, as Frank Yung reports:
Ex-security police chief gives evidence over spa visit  Listenfacebook
The former head of the national security police, Frederic Choi, has testified in court that he never received any sexual services in a massage parlour raided by officers last year. Choi was summoned as a defence witness in the trial of a man and three women from Viet Spa in Wan Chai over charges of operating a vice establishment. Timmy Sung reports:
Govt to introduce laws on vehicle dumping  Listenfacebook
The Commissioner for Transport, Rosanna Law, says the government is moving on legislation to hold vehicle owners criminally liable if they fail to dispose of their cars or motorcycles properly. At the moment, vehicles can be dumped largely without penalty, though their removal has become a main part of the government's new campaign to clean up Hong Kong. Maggie Ho reports:
Jail time for selling fake MIRROR tickets  Listenfacebook
A 20-year-old man has been jailed for five months for selling fake MIRROR concert tickets. As Damon Pang reports, So Lok-lam earlier pleaded guilty to obtaining property by deception and possessing a false instrument:
Drought in China affecting crops, drinking water  Listenfacebook
Unusually high temperatures and a prolonged drought are affecting large swathes of the mainland, reducing crop yields and drinking water supplies. Vicky Wong reports:
Parkour coach defends extreme sport  Listenfacebook
A parkour coach says the extreme sport is often misunderstood because of popular online videos. The remarks from Lo Chun-chung from the Hong Kong Parkour Association came after a teenager, believed to be doing parkour, plunged to his death from a Tsim Sha Tsui rooftop on Monday. Parkour practitioners sometimes run and jump between buildings. Lo has been teaching the sport for more than decade. He told Joanne Wong that training usually took place in playgrounds and parks, not on rooftops: