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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

2021-04-13
Tuesday

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Restrictions on restaurants and bars set for end of April easing  Listenfacebook
The government plans to further relax anti-pandemic measures as transmission of Covid-19 in Hong Kong remains at very low levels. Two infections were confirmed on Monday but both were linked to previous cases. The easing later this month will see bars reopen and restaurants allowed to operate until midnight under a complex set of rules regarding vaccinations and seating arrangements. Priscilla Ng reports:
Getting all restaurant staff vaccinated ‘not easy’  Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Federation of Restaurants and Related Trades welcomed the announcement on relaxation of pandemic restrictions. But its president Simon Wong says it's not going to be easy to get all staff inoculated within a short time. He spoke to Jim Gould:
Quarantine to be scrapped for some arrivals   Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam has announced that the government will start allowing a limited number of mainlanders to visit Hong Kong without having to go into quarantine from mid-May even if they haven't been vaccinated against Covid-19. She said a quota will be set up, but gave no details on any specific figure. Wendy Wong has that story:
EOC says vaccination-based easing could be discriminatory   Listenfacebook
The Equal Opportunities Commission chairman, Ricky Chu, has warned that the government’s plan to make the easing of some pandemic restrictions later this month dependent on vaccination may breach anti-discrimination laws. He also again called on people to reject racial discrimination, citing cases that have come to light during the pandemic. Chu told Mike Weeks that even one case is too many:
Concerns raised over testing costs for care home visitors  Listenfacebook
Besides easing restrictions for restaurants and cross-border travel, visiting curbs at care homes for the elderly and disabled will also be relaxed. Family and friends of residents must be fully vaccinated and do a quick test before their visits. Welfare secretary Law Chi-kwong said people who haven't been inoculated could also enter care homes, provided they've had a Covid test within three days of their visit and take another one just before. Janice Wong asked Tim Pang from the Society for Community Organisation about the plan:
Students welcome return to school  Listenfacebook
Many students were thrilled to head back to schools on Monday following the Easter break, as the government doubled the number of pupils allowed back into classrooms. Wendy Wong reports:
Bus driver pleads guilty over fatal accident  Listenfacebook
A bus driver has admitted to dangerous driving over a crash on Fanling Highway nearly a year and a half ago which left six passengers dead and 39 injured. As Maggie Ho reports, he'll be sentenced later this month:
Small shops express concern over e-voucher scheme   Listenfacebook
This summer's roll out of the government's HK$5,000 digital spending vouchers has raised hopes that more small shops and hawkers will install e-payment systems. But the businesses themselves aren't sure this will be financially feasible. Damon Pang reports:
E-voucher service providers ‘selected for their retail presence’  Listenfacebook
Francis Fong, from the Information Technology Federation, says he believes the spending voucher scheme will help promote e-payments in Hong Kong. Damon Pang asked him why he thought the government chose Octopus, Alipay Hong Kong, Tap-and-Go, and WeChat Pay to handle the e-vouchers:
Macau ditches pay-first rule as it boosts handouts   Listenfacebook
The government in Macau has responded to citywide criticism of its latest giveaway plan by increasing the handouts from 4,800 to 8,000 patacas per resident and scrapping a controversial requirement for them to spend first before receiving electronic vouchers. Frances Sit has the details:
Ant Group ordered to restructure  Listenfacebook
The financial affiliate of Alibaba, Ant Group, has been ordered to restructure as a financial holding company to ease oversight amid stepped up scrutiny of technology firms. According to a statement from the People's Bank of China, it and other financial regulators also ordered Ant to cease anti-competitive behaviour in its payments business and improve risk management and corporate governance. This came as Alibaba shares surged 6.5 percent on Monday as the e-commerce giant brushed off a record CNY18.2 billion fine for abusing its dominant market position. Joanne Wong has the story:
Iran nuclear incident raises tensions in the Middle East  Listenfacebook
One of US President Joe Biden's top priorities is to reach a new agreement regulating Iran's nuclear capabilities. But that has been put at risk after one of Iran's nuclear facilities was sabotaged on Sunday. Tehran has blamed Israel for the attack, and vowed to take revenge. Annemarie Evans asked Paul Rogers, professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University in the UK, what he made of the developments: