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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 block quarantined over another variant case   Listenfacebook
A woman in Tsim Sha Tsui has tested preliminary positive for the N501Y coronavirus variant, sending residents of all 40 flats in her building to quarantine. Testing orders have also been issued for people who visited the Citygate mall or Curry Lounge in Tung Chung on April 11. Violet Wong reports:
More information needed to decide testing bias claim: EOC chair   Listenfacebook
The head of Hong Kong's Equal Opportunity’s Commission, Ricky Chu, has declared that differential treatment of people in the name of protecting public health isn't discriminatory. He was referring to the mandatory Covid testing order for all foreign domestic helpers. But as Damon Pang reports, Chu later appeared to walk back his comments on Monday, saying more details are needed:
Leeway urged on Sunday’s deadline for helper testing   Listenfacebook
The chairwoman of the Hong Kong Employers of Overseas Domestic Helpers Association says mandatory testing is necessary to contain the spread of mutant coronavirus strains, as many foreign helpers have in the past been reluctant to take tests voluntarily. But Betty Yung urged the government for some leeway on the May 9 deadline for them to get tested. She also said such testing is not discriminatory as other business sectors have faced similar demands. Yung spoke to Janice Wong:
Concerns raised over outsourcing of sample collection  Listenfacebook
Top microbiologist Yuen Kwok-yung says the government should check if outsourced workers collected samples for coronavirus tests properly. He warned this could be one of the loopholes in the SAR’s quarantine measures. Wendy Wong has that story:
Repeated suspension of hospital services builds big backlog   Listenfacebook
The Hospital Authority has warned that waiting times for services at public hospitals are likely to be even longer than usual, as healthcare staff try to clear a backlog of patients that has built up over the course of the coronavirus pandemic. Wendy Wong reports:
Border reopening ‘vital’ to continued economic recovery  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's longest recession in decades has come to an end. The economy grew 7.8% year-on-year in the first quarter, snapping six consecutive quarters of contraction. The government said the rebound was chiefly due to "very strong" growth in exports thanks to the global recovery led by China and the US, as well as a low base of comparison from last year. But it warned the recovery was uneven and overall economic activity remains below pre-recession levels. A senior lecturer at Chinese University's Business School, Simon Lee, told Annemarie Evans that he expects the city's GDP will further expand this quarter because of the low base effect:
HKMA warns city’s future in peril if vaccination rate doesn’t improve   Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority's chief executive, Eddie Yue, has warned that the SAR's low Covid vaccination rate could threaten its status as a financial hub. Here's Joanne Wong:
Journalists rate Hong Kong press freedom at record low   Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Journalists Association says media workers have never been more pessimistic about press freedom in the SAR. But it has warned that the worst is yet to come. Damon Pang reports:
Deletion of RTHK archive ‘threatens to erase’ history   Listenfacebook
RTHK has been accused of trying to distort history after it began removing news stories and programmes from YouTube that are over 12 months old. "Hong Kong Connection" documentaries and episodes of the axed satirical show "Headliner" were among the first to be taken down, triggering an online campaign to preserve RTHK programmes. The public broadcaster says it has long removed news stories and programmes from its official website after a year, and that deleting the material from YouTube is consistent with this policy. Bruce Lui, a journalism lecturer at Baptist University, told Timmy Sung that while it may have the right to do so, the decision goes against public interests and is a waste of taxpayers' money:
Outspoken reporter forced out of RTHK   Listenfacebook
RTHK's staff union says the station has decided not to renew the contract of journalist Nabela Qoser. She enraged pro-government figures with her tough questioning of officials during the massive social unrest of 2019. Qoser will leave the public broadcaster at the end of the month. Violet Wong has that story:
HK journalists ‘need to be’ determined and brave  Listenfacebook
The director of the University of Hong Kong's journalism school, Keith Richburg, says he’s worried about where the red lines for journalists will lie in future. He says it’s been a terrible year for press freedom here. But he told Mike Weeks he also expects things are going to get worse:
Another opposition politician flees  Listenfacebook
Former Kowloon City district councillor Timothy Lee has become the latest pro-democracy politician to leave Hong Kong because of what he described as the government’s political purge, Timmy Sung reports: