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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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Beijing brands Hong Kong 12 as separatists   Listenfacebook
The Foreign Ministry has claimed that 12 Hong Kong people detained as they tried to flee to Taiwan by speedboat are "separatists" who have been trying to split the SAR from China. Richard Pyne has the details:
Hong Kong 12 ‘unlikely’ to be used as political pawns   Listenfacebook
Council Front lawmaker Chu Hoi-dick is helping the families of the 12 Hong Kong people detained in Shenzhen after trying to flee to Taiwan by speedboat last month. He says he's worried they are set to be used as bargaining chips in Beijing's increasingly difficult relations with Washington. Mike Weeks asked China specialist, Professor Willy Lam, whether Chu is right that the 12 could now become political pawns:
Further city-wide testing ruled out  Listenfacebook
The Civil Service Secretary, Patrick Nip, has ruled out any future universal community screening for the coronavirus after the government's current mass testing scheme ends on Monday. As Candice Wong reports, he said future efforts to fight the pandemic would focus on high-risk groups and tackling clusters of infections:
Chuang Shuk-kwan calls low hit rate for testing ‘music to her ears’  Listenfacebook
Just under 1.67 million people had received their results from the mass testing programme by Sunday night, 26 of them positive. The Centre for Health Protection admits that's not very many but says that's a good thing, as Damon Pang reports:
Anti-epidemic measures ‘more important’ than finding silent carriers  Listenfacebook
Nineteen new coronavirus cases were confirmed on Sunday, eight of them imported. Of the 11 local cases, the source of infection for three is unknown, including a patient in Tuen Mun Hospital. Janice Wong asked University of Hong Kong microbiologist, Dr Siddharth Sridhar, if the 11 local infections are a cause for concern:
Councillor receives 23 complaints over forced Covid-19 testing   Listenfacebook
Tsuen Wan district councillor Roy Tam says he's received almost two dozen complaints from employees that their companies had forced them to go for screening under the government's voluntary mass testing programme. The Neo-democrat believes that’s just the tip of the iceberg, and accused employers of infringing workers' rights. Tam spoke to Priscilla Ng:
DAB calls for clampdown on ‘sneaky’ supermarkets  Listenfacebook
The DAB says changes need to be made to consumer protection and competition laws to stamp out what it describes as "sneaky" practices used by major supermarkets. The party's supermarket prices concern group said the discounts offered by major chains are misleading, and there appears to be a "parallel" pricing strategy among them. It said it was flagging up these long-standing concerns because the government will be compelling supermarkets to offer discounts and cash vouchers to the needy when they receive a second round of wage subsidies under the coronavirus relief fund. The DAB's Lau Tin-ching told Richard Pyne about the problems the party has observed and how they should be addressed:
US deficit surges past $3 trillion  Listenfacebook
The US budget deficit has soared above US$3 trillion for the first time, driven by the massive spending on coronavirus relief. The federal government spent more than US$6 trillion in the first 11 months of its financial year, far outpacing the US$3 trillion it took in from taxes. RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, told Mike Weeks the figures give a good indication of where US finances will stand at the end of its fiscal year: