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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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School reopening hits a bump as student comes down with Covid-19   Listenfacebook
A primary school student is among five new Covid-19 cases confirmed on Wednesday - just ahead of the planned resumption of face-to-face teaching next week. Her Tuen Mun school said officials decided against suspending classes for two weeks, after ruling that none of the other children or staff were close contacts and therefore didn't need to be tested. But the school is not so sure. It has taken matters into its own hands, as Joanne Wong reports:
Teachers’ union questions government decisions on school infection   Listenfacebook
The president of the Professional Teachers' Union, Fung Wai-wah, says he’s surprised the education authorities have not suspended the reopening of a school in Tuen Mun after one of its pupils was diagnosed on Wednesday with coronavirus. The 10-year-old girl attended special classes there last week, coming into contact with some 30 students and staff. The government said none of them needed to be tested or quarantined, although the school has asked them to do so. Fung gave Janice Wong his views on the handling of the case:
Reopening ‘a lifesaver’ for Ocean Park  Listenfacebook
Theme parks in Hong Kong can reopen on Friday, at half capacity, after being shut for more than two months due to the third wave of coronavirus infections. Ocean Park is already fully booked for that day and the whole weekend, but Disney has yet to say when its Hong Kong theme park will resume operations. Mike Weeks asked the associate dean of the Polytechnic University's School of Hotel and Tourism Management, Brian King, if he was surprised that Disneyland is not reopening as soon as it can:
Beach lovers bewildered by continued closure   Listenfacebook
Beach-lovers were left disappointed on Tuesday when the government didn't include public beaches in the list of places allowed to reopen on Friday. Swimming pools are fine, but for now public beaches will remain off limits. There is, however, some hope: one lifeguards' union says it's been given guidelines on the eventual reopening of gazetted beaches, though it doesn't know when that will happen. Damon Pang reports:
Bar owners unhappy with strict restrictions on their trade  Listenfacebook
Although bars will reopen on Friday, many operators aren't happy with the government's restrictions. They complain that the two person-per-table requirement and the order to close at midnight will severely limit their trade. A spokesman for the Bar Industry Alliance, Roden Wong, says he'll try opening his business a bit earlier, but he told Joanne Wong it might actually be better to just stay closed:
BGI subsidiaries sued over gene sequencing technology   Listenfacebook
Local subsidiaries of BGI, the mainland genomics company that carried out the testing for the government's mass-screening for Covid-19, have agreed to stop selling a type of gene-sequencing technology to new clients in Hong Kong. That's because a UK firm is taking them to court over allegations that the technology was illegally copied. Jimmy Choi reports:
Sharp drop in reserves reignites debate on Lantau Tomorrow plan  Listenfacebook
The government's warning that its third-round of pandemic relief will see Hong Kong's fiscal reserves drop to their lowest level since the Sars outbreak in 2003, has sparked fresh debate about the controversial Lantau Tomorrow Project. The plan, to reclaim around 1,700 hectares of land off east Lantau, is a signature project for Chief Executive Carrie Lam. But it's expected to cost more than HK$600 billion, while the reserves are projected to fall to HK$800 billion by the end of this financial year. Greenpeace said a study it carried out suggested the massive project could completely deplete Hong Kong's war chest in less than 11 years. Liberal Party leader Felix Chung still backs the reclamation plan, but he's suggesting the government issue bonds to fund it. He spoke to Candice Wong:
Suga appointed to replace Abe as Japanese PM   Listenfacebook
Parliament in Japan has appointed Yoshihide Suga as the country's new prime minister. The former cabinet secretary takes over from the man he long-served faithfully, Shinzo Abe, and is faced with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and it's resultant recession. But RTHK's Tokyo correspondent, Julian Ryall, told Annemarie Evans he expects little change from Japan's new leader: