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

2020-12-16
Wednesday

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Testing ordered for helpers who stayed at Tai Po dormitory  Listenfacebook
Almost 100 Covid-19 infections were confirmed on Tuesday, including six more domestic helpers who recently stayed at a boarding house in Tai Po. That's prompted authorities to order tests for everyone who'd been there over the past month. As Candice Wong reports, officials are worried that the expanding cluster could lead to a wider community outbreak:
Adviser believes 4th coronavirus wave has peaked   Listenfacebook
A government adviser on the pandemic believes the current outbreak here has reached its peak. But Professor David Hui says it'll take some time for the current strict social distancing measures to bring down infections, as Timmy Sung reports:
Government urged to stump up another HK$30b in Covid relief   Listenfacebook
The president of the Federation of Restaurants and Related Trades, Simon Wong, says he'd like to see at least HK$30 billion doled out to businesses restricted by the current coronavirus lock down. He was speaking to RTHK after Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced on Tuesday that the Legislative Council will be asked to approve another round of pandemic relief funding before Christmas. Lam did not say how much it'll involve and who will benefit. But Wong told Annemarie Evans what he wants the government to do:
Allan Zeman calls for balance between health and the economy   Listenfacebook
The catering industry is one of the sectors most affected by the restrictions imposed to try to halt the pandemic. The chairman of the Lan Kwai Fong Group, Allan Zeman, told Mike Weeks he agrees with the head of the restaurant federation that HK$24 billion, the amount given in the last batch of handouts, should be a starting point for the fourth round:
Businessman arrested over contaminated masks   Listenfacebook
Customs officers have arrested the owner of a houseware retailer after some surgical masks sold at his shops were found to contain excessively high levels of bacteria. Frances Sit has the story:
CE warns about rumours over vaccine procurement  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam has urged people not to pay attention to what she described as "malicious rumours" about the government's vaccine procurement plan, saying they should instead listen to the experts. Here's Vicky Wong:
Civil service oath taking could begin on Wednesday  Listenfacebook
Sources have told RTHK that all government undersecretaries and political assistants are to take oaths of allegiance on Wednesday, as a primer for similar declarations to be made by the entire 180,000 strong civil service in January. Violet Wong reports:
Police chief says protests will be allowed when pandemic is over   Listenfacebook
The Police Commissioner, Chris Tang, says he believes the worst is over with regard to the anti-government protests and that the national security law has created a safe environment. He told a TVB programme that the law handed down by Beijing had not stifled dissenting voices, and that the police would again allow protests once the pandemic is over. Tang was speaking after the force revealed that riot officers have been equipped with high resolution cameras, in part to protect them against “malicious and false allegations”. Violet Wong reports:
23-year-old acquitted as police testimony dismissed  Listenfacebook
A young man who was carrying a lighter and spray paint has been acquitted of charges connected to last year's anti-government protests. He was accused of carrying an instrument fit for unlawful purpose and possessing items with intent to destroy or damage property. Timmy Sung has the story:
Magistrate cleared of bias allegations   Listenfacebook
An Eastern Court magistrate has been cleared of allegations that he was biased against anti-government protesters. The Chief Magistrate investigated three cases Cheang Keo-hong had handled and ruled that the complaints against him were unsubstantiated. Maggie Ho has the details:
Inquest examines dead student’s Telegram messages   Listenfacebook
The Coroner’s inquest into the death of university student Chow Tsz-lok has been shown messages he apparently sent on Telegram not long before he was found seriously injured in a Tseung Kwan O car park during last year's protests. Jimmy Choi was at the hearing and filed this report:
Online retailers slammed over slow delivery   Listenfacebook
The Consumer Council says complaints about online grocery shopping have surged during the coronavirus pandemic this year. In one case, the watchdog says it took as many as 26 days for a shop to complete its delivery. Wendy Wong reports:
Operation Santa Claus: Hong Kong Red Cross  Listenfacebook
Operation Santa Claus, RTHK's festive charity drive jointly organised with the SCMP, is supporting 19 worthy causes this year. Radio 3’s Phil Whelan went to the Hong Kong Red Cross headquarters in West Kowloon to find out about its mentoring programme, “Little Buddies”. He spoke with one of the managers of the project, Sandy Wong: