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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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TST bar customers traced amid concerns of a new coronavirus cluster   Listenfacebook
Health authorities are quarantining customers and staff of a bar in Tsim Sha Tsui, amid fears of a possible new coronavirus cluster. A 22-year-old student, who was confirmed with the virus on Saturday, might have visited the bar at the same time as a Thai woman, who was confirmed with Covid-19 last week. Timmy Sung reports:
Trump ‘determined to show the world’ he’s coping with Covid-19   Listenfacebook
President Trump issued another video from his hospital room early on Monday (Hong Kong time) announcing a surprise visit to his supporters outside the Walter Reed medical center. His motorcade then drove through the gates and back into the Washington hospital. Confirmation that he has Covid-19 has upended his election campaign, with many senior figures in his team now also receiving treatment for the disease. RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, spoke with Mike Weeks about the president’s impromptu trip:
Government hits back at US ‘outrage’ over Oct. 1 arrests   Listenfacebook
The government says it “strongly deplores and opposes” US State Department criticism of the arrests of more than 80 people during the police crackdown on any attempt to mark National Day with protests. Priscilla Ng has the details:
Talks set to open on return of murder suspect to Taiwan  Listenfacebook
A pastor who's working to help murder suspect, Chan Tong-kai, return to face justice in Taiwan says arrangements should become clear in the next few days, after his legal team meets Taipei authorities on Monday. Samantha Butler reports:
Legal expert says impact of national security law is still to be seen   Listenfacebook
It's now been just over three months since Beijing imposed a national security law on Hong Kong. When the legislation was brought in at the end of June, the government insisted it would only affect a small group of people. But more recently, top officials have taken to praising the legislation for restoring "stability" in the SAR and "benefitting its people". In RTHK's Letter to Hong Kong on Sunday, Executive Councillor Ronny Tong dismissed western concerns that the security law has undermined freedom in the city. Mike Weeks asked University of Hong Kong constitutional law professor, Simon Young, if he agreed:
No rent let-up for Hong Kong’s poorest  Listenfacebook
A survey has found many low-income families have had their rents raised twice in the past three years despite Hong Kong’s slowing economy. One family saw its rent jump by HK$1,100 in that period. The study by the Society for Community Organisation (Soco) also shows that landlords typically charge three times as much per square foot for a bedspace than for a normal flat. It interviewed more than 400 people. Joanne Wong spoke to Soco community organiser Sze Lai-shan about the findings:
Worshippers return as temples and churches reopen  Listenfacebook
Places of worship across Hong Kong reopened on Sunday after social distancing measures were further eased on Friday. Hong Kong's best-known Taoist temple, Wong Tai Sin, was among them, opening its doors for the first time in months. Our reporter Jimmy Choi visited the temple and spoke to some of the worshippers:
Government to issue new round of iBonds   Listenfacebook
The Financial Secretary, Paul Chan, says the government will soon issue a new round of inflation-linked bonds, or iBonds, at a more attractive guaranteed rate of return. Timmy Sung reports: