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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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HK's Covid cases jump by 1,200  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's daily Covid-19 caseload appears set to breach the 10,000 mark on Monday. There were over 9,700 new cases reported on Sunday - a jump of 1,200 compared to the day before. Timmy Sung reports:
Restaurants complain about rapid testing of diners  Listenfacebook
Restaurants are complaining about a new pandemic measure that people dining in groups of more than eight need to do a rapid antigen test. Operators say the measure is putting more stress on staff. The Chief Secretary Eric Chan says he hopes the mandatory testing will reduce the transmission of Covid in the community. As Frank Yung reports, some restaurant-goers welcomed the new rule:
Concern over social-withdrawn youngsters  Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service says it is concern that young people may be more socially withdrawn, after a survey it did showed the pandemic made youngsters less willing to socialise. Its children and youth service division interviewed 1,000 secondary school students in June through an online poll. About two-thirds of respondents said they did not want to socialise as much under Covid rules and they were worried about removing their masks and seeing each other in future. Lewis Chan, who was in charge of the survey, told Timmy Sung that this percentage was quite high:
Tianjin launches citywide PCR testing  Listenfacebook
The mainland has reported 1,294 new local Covid infections. And as Damon Pang reports, Tianjin conducted citywide tests in light of what it called "abnormal cases" in the community:
Call to use big data to monitor superbug cases  Listenfacebook
Researchers from the University of Hong Kong have called for a standardised system to provide big data to monitor superbug infections in the city. Their study found that one of the common superbugs found in Hong Kong, known as CPE, showed an increasing number of infections over the past 10 years, with more cases in summer. They say the increase is worrying as superbugs are resistant to many antibiotics, making medications not applicable to patients and increasing their risk of serious complications or death. One of the researchers, Peng Wu, said a new standardised monitoring system was needed as the current one was not comprehensive. She spoke to Vanessa Cheng:
Local Covid surge dampens economic outlook  Listenfacebook
The Financial Secretary Paul Chan says Hong Kong’s economy is inevitably losing momentum due to a number of external factors. He says the market is also worried about the surge in local Covid cases. Maggie Ho reports:
Ronny Tong says opinion piece was not criticism of govt  Listenfacebook
Executive Councillor, Ronny Tong, has defended an article he wrote about how Hong Kong can attract overseas talent, saying it is distressing that it is being seen as critical of the government. In it, he suggested the plan to turn part of Fanling Golf Course into public housing went against the goal of attracting talent. He also cited insufficient international school places. Tong told Janice Wong that he used the "sensitive" issue of the golf course to suggest the government look at the quality of life for people here, as overseas professionals come not just for the salary, but for a good way of life: