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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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Govt voids jab exemptions from seven private doctors  Listenfacebook
The government says it will no longer recognise vaccine exemption certificates issued by seven private doctors. The seven are accused of issuing the documents without holding medical consultations with the patients. One doctor was arrested on Tuesday, as Natale Ching reports:
CE concerned over compliance with new Covid rules  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive John Lee says officials will monitor whether the scrapping of hotel quarantine for inbound travellers leads to a rebound in Covid cases. He was commenting as authorities announced on Tuesday another 3,667 coronavirus cases, including 193 imported ones. Frank Yung reports:
LeaveHomeSafe app to store multiple certificates  Listenfacebook
The government has added a new function to its LeaveHomeSafe app to allow users to store the vaccination records of up to eight companions. It comes just ahead of the extension of vaccine pass rules to include children as young as five. Timmy Sung reports:
Heart patients exercise less during pandemic  Listenfacebook
The president-elect of the Hong Kong College of Cardiology has expressed concern that heart patients have scaled back on exercise during the pandemic. Godwin Leung was commenting on a survey by the college of 266 patients between July and August, which showed around a third cut back on exercise after Covid hit Hong Kong. Leung said some expressed concern about having to exercise while wearing a mask, while others complained of not being able to access gyms. He told Samantha Butler that patients should be encouraged to exercise at home:
Govt wades in to carton-recycling dispute  Listenfacebook
The Environmental Protection Department says it has contacted both the science park and Hong Kong's sole recycler of beverage cartons to see how it can help resolve their dispute over tenancy. It issued the statement on Tuesday night after Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks said it had done its best to help the firm, Mil Mill - which is set to lose its base at a Yuen Long industrial estate that is being developed into a high-tech park. Joanne Wong reports:
Children’s happiness index drops slightly  Listenfacebook
A happiness index for schoolchildren has fallen slightly from last year. Lingnan University polled around 3,500 primary and secondary students, and 150 teachers starting in March, and found their overall happiness dropped by just under 0.1 points from 2021 to 6.77 out of 10. About a third complained about pressure over their studies, while just over 10 percent of students claimed to feel their lives were not valuable, which was up one percent on last year's survey. The researchers also found school bullying happened most among junior students, contributing to decreased happiness. Professor Ho Lok-sang, who designed the survey, told Ben Tse that this year’s results was far from being the worst decline reported in 2015 and 2016:
Man jailed over suicide pact with parents  Listenfacebook
A man who pulled out of a suicide pact with his parents has been jailed for five and a half years after pleading guilty to helping the pair kill themselves. The 43-year-old man said the pact was his mother's idea but that his father urged him not to go through with it, as Maggie Ho reports:
Runaway truck kills pedestrian  Listenfacebook
A pedestrian has died and five other people have been injured after a truck hit a number of vehicles before running onto a pavement in Kwun Tong on Tuesday night. The truck rammed into the front of a Bank of China branch before coming to a halt. Todd Harding reports:
China to show off new jets in November air show  Listenfacebook
China will show off homegrown civil and military aviation technology at its biggest air show in November, which will take place in Zhuhai. But there is no confirmation if the country's long-awaited homegrown C919 narrowbody jet will be showcased. Kelly Yu reports: