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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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Flurry of lockdowns proves fruitless in hunt for Covid-19  Listenfacebook
The government has ramped up its fight against Covid-19, with buildings in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hung Hom and Yuen Long sealed off along with an area near the Tin Hau Temple in Yau Ma Tei. Around 1,700 people were tested by Tuesday morning but no infections were found. As Cecil Wong reports, the lockdowns were launched on Monday night shortly after officials again lowered the threshold for mandatory testing at buildings and workplaces ahead of the Lunar New Year:
Diseases expert says regular testing more important than lockdowns   Listenfacebook
The number of coronavirus infections confirmed on Monday fell to 34. All but five were local and eight had no clear source of transmission. Infectious disease expert Leung Chi-chiu says tightened measures are a step in the right direction. But he told Violet Wong nothing short of regular testing will be enough to eliminate community transmission of the disease:
Vertical transmission suspected at Tsuen Wan block   Listenfacebook
Health authorities ordered the partial evacuation of residents of a housing block in Tsuen Wan on Monday after a dozen coronavirus cases were reported there. Damon Pang has more:
Government urged to reconsider evening ban on restaurant dining  Listenfacebook
The government has extended current social distancing rules until February 17, meaning restaurants still won’t be allowed to offer dine-in services after 6pm over the Lunar New Year holiday. Simon Wong, the president of the Hong Kong Federation of Restaurants and Related Trades, told Mike Weeks the extension is disappointing as up to 3,000 restaurants are facing closure due to the restriction on their trade over the normally busy Christmas-Chinese New Year period:
Year of the Ox set to be ushered in quietly at temples   Listenfacebook
Operators of two temples say because of the pandemic, religious activities that usually attract big crowds during Chinese New Year won’t be open to the public to welcome in the Year of the Ox. Here's Wendy Wong:
Blinken wants US to open door to Hong Kong people  Listenfacebook
The new US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, is reported to have said Washington should act to offer haven to Hong Kong people suffering from “repression”. The US, along with other western powers, has been critical of the national security law imposed on Hong Kong by Beijing. But China has accused the west of hypocrisy - pointing to the arrests of Donald Trump supporters who stormed the US Congress last month. Robert Kemp has more:
Top court considers if national security should trump right to bail   Listenfacebook
The Court of Final Appeal has reserved judgment in the government's appeal against bail being granted to media tycoon Jimmy Lai, who faces a charge under the national security law. The Apple Daily founder is accused of colluding with foreign forces. He was remanded in custody after Monday's hearing. Priscilla Ng reports:
MTR cleared of cover-up over new signalling system  Listenfacebook
An investigation panel appointed by the MTR Corporation says the railway company underestimated glitches in a new signalling system last year, which eventually led to the delay of a major upgrade. Violet Wong has the story:
Myanmar coup ‘likely’ to end Aung San Suu Kyi’s career   Listenfacebook
China has reacted cautiously to Monday's military coup in Myanmar. A foreign ministry spokesman said it "noted" the military takeover and hoped that all sides could properly manage their differences under the constitution and uphold stability. China has traditionally been a strong ally of the Myanmar army , which has arrested the country’s civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and dozens of other politicians, and declared a state of emergency. RTHK's Myanmar correspondent Larry Jagan described the coup and the imposition of emergency rule as disturbing, He spoke to Annemarie Evans from Bangkok: