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


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More than 100,000 coronavirus tests identify just two new infections  Listenfacebook
Just six infections have been identified out of some 128,000 samples from the government's city-wide screening programme for Covid-19. But four are previous coronavirus patients who it's believed are no longer infectious. That indicates silent transmission of Covid-19 in Hong Kong is much lower than had been expected. In total, around 470,000 of the 880,000 people who've so far signed up for the scheme have now been tested. Damon Pang reports:
Infectious diseases expert urges caution on test findings  Listenfacebook
The head of infectious diseases at Hong Kong University's medical school says the SAR needs to complete a week of city-wide testing and get the results back before real conclusions can be drawn on the level of silent Covid-19 transmission in the community. Professor Ivan Hung was commenting on the results of the first 128,000 samples, which identified just two new cases. Mike Weeks asked him whether the findings so far fitted in with his expectations:
Around 8 percent of gyms have shut permanently or temporarily  Listenfacebook
Gyms, massage parlours and clubhouses re-opened on Friday following the easing of more infection-control measures. People are also now able to dine at restaurants untill 10pm, although the two-person per table limit remains in force. Class sizes in fitness centres are restricted to four, including the instructor. But the industry says that's not enough to keep gyms afloat. Tricia Yap recently started the Save HK Fitness Alliance. Janice Wong asked her how hard the fitness industry has been hit by the pandemic
Jimmy Lai not guilty of intimidation   Listenfacebook
Next Media founder Jimmy Lai has been found not guilty of intimidating a reporter from a rival media group. An Oriental Daily journalist who was following Lai at the June 4 vigil three years ago said the tycoon had threatened to find someone to "mess him up". But as Richard Pyne reports, the magistrate expressed doubts about the reporter's testimony and said Lai had not intended to cause fear:
New app launched to tackle sexual-orientation discrimination   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's LGBT community can now log discrimination through a new mobile app backed by one of the city's most prominent property heiresses. It's a first for gay rights in the city, as Robert Kemp reports:
District councillors appeal for information on animal cruelty case   Listenfacebook
A group of district councillors are appealing for information about the deaths of more than a dozen pets in Sham Tseng, in February. It's thought the animals, including a cat, rabbits, and a guinea pig, were thrown from a building. Two suspects turned themselves in to the police, but the Department of Justice decided not to prosecute them. Community organiser Moon Tam told Joanne Wong that residents in the Castle Peak area want whoever was responsible to be brought to justice:
Students’ union apologises for ‘spies of Big Brother’ video  Listenfacebook
The students' union at the University of Hong Kong has apologised for a spoof promotional video that described mainland students as "spies of Big Brother". But it also criticised the university's management for condemning the video, which has now been pulled from the union's Campus TV. The student body insists it did not amount to hate speech and shows that freedom is deteriorating at the university. Union president Edy Jeh told Annemarie Evans the management may have missed the point of the video:
Smugglers soak drugs into wooden furniture  Listenfacebook
Police say they've come across a new method of smuggling drugs into Hong Kong. That's after they arrested two people at a flat in Kwai Chung. Officers say they found recently-imported wooden furniture had been soaked in liquefied methamphetamine, or ice, and that it was being retrieved by boiling the wood. Damon Pang reports:
HKJC calls its results ‘sensational’ given pandemic restrictions  Listenfacebook
The Jockey Club suffered an 11-percent fall in turnover to around HK$218 billion in the financial year ending in June. There was a 39 percent drop in revenue from the Mark Six lottery, with disruption to draws because of the coronavirus pandemic. But the club says it essentially managed to maintain its horse-racing and there'd been little impact on earnings there. Mike Weeks asked Bill Nader, the director of racing business and operations at the Jockey Club, whether the downturn was mainly as a result of the impact on the Mark Six: