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

2020-09-09
Wednesday

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Mahjong back on the table as covid restrictions are further relaxed  Listenfacebook
Six new coronavirus cases were confirmed on Tuesday - three of them imported from the Philippines and Ukraine. That’s the lowest figure for weeks and came as the government announced a further relaxation of anti-epidemic restrictions. Mahjong parlours, video arcades and most sports facilities will reopen on Friday, but bars and theme parks remain shut. The public gathering limit is also being doubled to four. Frances Sit reports:
Government criticised for easing before mass testing complete  Listenfacebook
Infectious diseases expert Dr Joseph Tsang says the government should not have relaxed social distancing measures further until its city-wide Covid-19 screening programme is completed. Mass testing is supposed to end on Friday but may be extended until next week. Tsang spoke to Janice Wong:
Travel bubble announcement described as a wish list  Listenfacebook
The government also revealed on Tuesday that it’s in discussion with 11 countries about setting up travel bubbles. But the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Edward Yau, said the scheme first needs agreements on pre-flight coronavirus tests and arrival health checks. Mike Weeks asked Professor Brian King, from the Polytechnic University's school of hotel and tourism management, what he made of the plan:
Sports and performing arts want more financial support   Listenfacebook
Some people working in sports and performing arts aren't impressed by the latest easing of infection-control measures. They're calling for better policies and timely financial help to help them weather the severe blow from the pandemic. Joanne Wong reports:
People Power activist refused bail at ‘sedition’ hearing   Listenfacebook
A court has heard that the seditious words allegedly uttered by People Power's Tam Tak-chi included the popular protest slogans "Liberate Hong Kong" and "Five demands, Not One Less." The activist was denied bail after appearing in Fanling Magistracy on Tuesday. Timmy Sung reports:
Judiciary defends transfer of under-fire magistrate  Listenfacebook
The judiciary says the appointment of magistrate Stanley Ho to an administrative position at the High Court has nothing to do with recent complaints made about him. As Richard Pyne reports, Ho had come under fire from pro-establishment figures for his decisions on protest-related cases:
Bus drivers work to rule in defence of arrested colleague  Listenfacebook
Some bus drivers have been taking part in a work-to-rule protest over the arrest of a New World First Bus driver during the mass police operation to head off demonstrations in Mong Kok on Sunday. Joanne Wong has the details:
Online shopping scams leap 270 percent   Listenfacebook
Police have reported a sharp jump in online scams in the first half of the year, which they partly attribute to people spending more time at home because of the coronavirus pandemic. Timmy Sung reports:
Australian media departs mainland China  Listenfacebook
The last two journalists working for Australian media in mainland China flew home on Tuesday after a five-day diplomatic standoff during which police demanded to interview them. Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Bill Birtles and the Australian Financial Review’s Mike Smith were questioned separately by the Ministry of State Security before they were allowed to leave. RTHK’s Australia correspondent Gerry Gannon told Annemarie Evans this is the first time in 47 years that Australian news organisations have no reporters on the mainland: