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

2021-04-16
Friday

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Vaccination campaign widened to nearly 90 percent of HK people   Listenfacebook
The government is expanding it's coronavirus inoculation programme to include all residents over the age of 16, with bookings starting from next Friday. Richard Pyne has the details:
Government urged to allay inoculation concerns  Listenfacebook
The president of the Hong Kong Medical Association, Choi Kin, says while expanding the vaccination programme will undoubtedly increase the number of people who will get inoculated, the government needs to do much more to dispel persistent fears over the jabs. He spoke to Ben Tse:
Infection of Yuen Long couple sends dozens into quarantine  Listenfacebook
A couple in Yuen Long have come down with Covid-19, sending up to 50 of their friends, relatives and colleagues into quarantine. Wendy Wong reports.
Supermarket giants told to shoulder social responsibility  Listenfacebook
The Consumer Council has taken aim at supermarket chains ParknShop and Wellcome, saying they jacked up their prices last year despite booming business during the pandemic and millions of dollars in government subsidies. Frances Sit reports:
Grassroots families struggling to cope with rising food prices  Listenfacebook
A project officer with the People Service Centre, which distributes food in areas like Sham Shui Po, Kowloon City and Tuen Mun, says supermarket price rises during the pandemic have seen demand for its services soar by 30 percent. Emma Choi says the government needs to intervene to help the needy. She spoke to Janice Wong:
Liaison office head sounds warning over foreign interference   Listenfacebook
Mainland officials say they will “teach foreign forces a lesson” if they try to interfere in Hong Kong’s affairs. In speeches to mark “National Security Education Day”, they admitted the security law was questioned when it was introduced last summer but insisted it's now "embraced by everybody”. Wendy Wong has more:
Police chief accuses US of being behind 2019 unrest  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's Commissioner of Police, Chris Tang, singled out Washington in remarks at a police event to mark "National Security Education Day". He accused the United States of using its agents here to undermine national security. He claimed this is exactly what US agents did to incite the anti-government protests of 2019, saying details would be unveiled in an upcoming court case. Timmy Sung reports:
RTHK journalist arrested over replica guns  Listenfacebook
The police chief, Chris Tang, has expressed shock at the arrest on Thursday of an RTHK employee on suspicion of possessing imitation firearms. Tang said if the video journalist had not been stopped by officers, there could have been serious consequences. Violet Wong has more:
‘National Security Education Day’ leaves kids nonplussed   Listenfacebook
All four disciplined services opened their training schools to the public to mark "National Security Education Day". Schools also held exhibitions and seminars. But some schoolchildren were left nonplussed by the events. They spoke to Wong Yin-ting:
Activist calls national security law a weapon to silence dissent   Listenfacebook
Four activists marked “National Security Education Day” by staging a march through Wan Chai, demanding universal suffrage for the entire country. The protesters, from the League of Social Democrats and the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, said the nation can only be safe if it protects people’s rights, including freedom of speech and association. Chow Hang-tung, a vice chairwoman of the Hong Kong Alliance, says despite what the authorities say, the national security law has made society worse. She told Damon Pang why it was important for them to make their voices heard:
Absconding charge against 17-year-old dropped  Listenfacebook
Prosecutors say they're dropping a charge of absconding against one of a group of Hong Kong activists who'd been detained in Shenzhen. As Violet Wong reports, lawyers for Hoang Lam-phuc told the District Court the 17-year-old plans to plead guilty to two protest-related charges.
US-Russian relations hit rock bottom with new sanctions  Listenfacebook
Russia's foreign ministry says it will respond in the near future to US sanctions for alleged interference in American elections, cyber-hacking, bullying Ukraine and other so-called malign acts. The United States has expelled 10 Russian diplomats and restricted Moscow's ability to issue sovereign debt, as well as imposing sanctions on dozens of people and companies". RTHK's Moscow correspondent, Fred Weir, told Annemarie Evans that although the move is nothing new, it still marks a low in ties between the two countries: