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Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Ben Tse and Vicky Wong


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Beijing warns of reciprocal travel restrictions  Listenfacebook
Beijing has warned it may impose travel restrictions of its own after a number of countries said Chinese travellers will have to provide a negative Covid-19 test to enter their borders. A growing list of countries, including the United States, Britain and Australia, have imposed the tests for travellers from the mainland. And now, the European Commission says the majority of EU member states are in favour of similar restrictions and it is expected to make a decision on Wednesday on whether to follow suit. Earlier, the Foreign Ministry said the restrictions targeting China were unacceptable and lacked scientific basis, as Aaron Tam reports:
South Korea imposes PCR test on HK arrivals  Listenfacebook
From Sunday, travellers from Hong Kong heading for South Korea will have to submit a negative PCR test result. Priscilla Ng reports:
HK expert says no need for tests on mainland visitors  Listenfacebook
A medical expert has sought to ease fears about the resumption of quarantine-free travel with the mainland. Leo Poon of the University of Hong Kong says the risk of outbreaks here will not increase as long as the dominant variants on each side of the border are the same. Maggie Ho reports:
HA promises priority for local residents  Listenfacebook
The Hospital Authority says it will prioritise medical services and drugs for Hong Kong residents. Some have expressed concerns that with the resumption of cross-border travel, hospitals could become overcrowded. It comes as health officials confirmed 16,186 new Covid cases on Tuesday, including 324 imported ones. That is down from more than 20,000 the previous day. Frank Yung reports:
Pharmacist gives assurances over supply of drugs  Listenfacebook
A pharmacist denies there is a crisis in the supply of drugs to ease Covid symptoms and has called for better education so people will not stockpile medication. Iris Chang, the president of the Practising Pharmacists Association of Hong Kong, says people need to realise that popular brands, such as paracetamol, are not the only solution. She told Vicky Wong that people should not to panic if a product was not on the shelf:
Teacher wins payout over lost job offer  Listenfacebook
The High Court has ordered the Education Bureau to pay nearly $700,000, with interest, to a teacher who lost her job offer because of an error in the recruitment procedure. The decision not to hire the teacher was described by the judge as unlawful and unreasonable. Violet Wong reports:
Calls to extend proposed rail link to Lam Tin  Listenfacebook
The Federation of Trade Unions says a new proposed rail link in Kowloon East - connecting Choi Hung and Po Tat in Sau Mau Ping - should be extended further east. The group says stopping at Po Tat means passenger traffic would be primarily one-way, and that extending it to Lam Tin or Yau Tong would allow commuters to transfer to other lines. Henry Cheung, chairman of the Association of Hong Kong Railway Transport Professionals, spoke to Vanessa Cheng:
FS expresses confidence in HK's economy  Listenfacebook
The Financial Secretary Paul Chan says Hong Kong's economic momentum is in full swing. He says more will be done this year to keep things going, as Kelly Yu reports: