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


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Full border reopening expected within days: Tam Yiu-chung  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's sole delegate to the National People's Congress Standing Committee, Tam Yiu-Chung, says the border between Hong Kong and the mainland is set to fully reopen very soon. As Wendy Wong reports, he says the current requirement for travellers to first take a PCR test would be lifted 'in a matter of days':
'Mask mandate may go within weeks'  Listenfacebook
Government Covid advisor Ivan Hung says he expects the city to gradually drop its remaining anti-epidemic measures such as the mask mandate, and mandatory rapid tests for schoolkids, in a matter of weeks. From Monday, people confirmed with Covid-19 no longer have to report their cases to the authorities or isolate themselves.. as the city starts treating Covid like other respiratory illnesses. Professor Hung told RTHK's Janice Wong that the policy shift is highly unlikely to lead to a mass outbreak:
End of isolation to boost inbound tourism: Regina Ip  Listenfacebook
Executive Council convenor Regina Ip says she expects the scrapping of mandatory isolation for people with Covid-19 to significantly boost inbound tourism. Vanessa Cheng has more:
Cash crunch spurs review of govt handouts  Listenfacebook
Financial Secretary Paul Chan says the government will review its relief measures -- signalling a shift in the practice of mass handouts in his budget next month. Kelly Yu reports:
Low-income earners prefer cash over vouchers, survey finds  Listenfacebook
The Society for Community Organisation has said most people on low incomes would prefer a HK$10,000 cash budget handout to consumption vouchers. Ninety percent of the approximately one thousand people who took part in the organisation's survey, supported the idea. Leung Pak-hei reports.
'US Central Bank set to slow pace of interest rate hikes'  Listenfacebook
Slowing inflation and a cooling property sector are fueling expectations that the US central bank can adopt a smaller interest rate hike later this week, as policymakers assess current efforts to rein in prices. The Fed has raised rates seven times since last year in an aggressive campaign to cool the world's biggest economy and lower costs. Since then, the property sector has slumped, retail sales have weakened and wage growth has started to ease, prompting some Fed policymakers to suggest it may be time to slow the pace of rate hikes further. RTHK's Ben Tse asked our economics correspondent, Barry Wood, what he expects from the Fed: