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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

2021-05-05
Wednesday

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Another mutant case sends hundreds into isolation  Listenfacebook
Hundreds of people living in Allway Gardens in Tsuen Wan have been sent to quarantine after a resident there tested positive for a mutant strain of the coronavirus. Damon Pang reports:
Expert urges all recent Citygate visitors to be tested  Listenfacebook
An infectious disease specialist has called on people to get tested if they've been to Citygate, in Tung Chung on or after April 11. Health authorities have confirmed that three people infected with a highly contagious strain of Covid-19 had visited the mall. Maggie Ho reports:
Quarantine to be shortened for fully vaccinated arrivals  Listenfacebook
The government plans to cut the quarantine period to 14 days for people flying back to Hong Kong who've been fully vaccinated. The Health Secretary made the announcement as she was pressed by lawmakers to do more to encourage people to get inoculated. Sophia Chan also revealed that experts are looking at reducing quarantine for vaccinated close contacts of people confirmed to have Covid-19. On top of that, the flight ban on the UK and Ireland could be lifted on Friday if the pandemic situation there and in Hong Kong "remains largely unchanged". Damon Pang has more on that:
Travel bubble threatens to burst before it begins  Listenfacebook
Dr Gilman Siu, from the Department of Health Technology and Informatics at the Polytechnic University, says two more people yesterday tested positive for another variant of Covid-19 yesterday. He says this indicates a number of more infectious strains of the virus are now spreading in Hong Kong. Given that, Siu told Mike Weeks he’s worried about the plan to open a travel bubble with Singapore later this month:
Compulsory vaccination for helpers under review  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam says the government has not made up its mind yet on whether to require foreign domestic workers to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Jimmy Choi reports:
Rights front says it won’t submit records to police  Listenfacebook
The Civil Human Rights Front says it won’t comply with Wednesday's police deadline for it to hand over information on its finances and activities, as the force probes whether the pro-democracy group should be outlawed. Damon Pang reports:
Abusive mother jailed after showing no remorse  Listenfacebook
A woman has been jailed for 30 months for assaulting her two children by pouring boiling water over them. As Wong Yin-ting reports, a District Court judge slammed the defendant for showing no remorse:
Care homes ‘failing’ disabled people  Listenfacebook
The death of a teenager who had a moderate intellectual disability and autism at a Kwai Chung care home nearly five years ago has put the spotlight on conditions in these facilities. A coroner's jury on Tuesday called for greater manpower for these homes. Former lawmaker Fernando Cheung backs that recommendation. He says improvements in staff training are also needed. Cheung says standards at such homes are low and conditions have not been monitored closely enough by the government. The former social work academic spoke to Janice Wong:
Lam says RTHK will continue to be HK's public broadcaster  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam has insisted that there's no "new role" for RTHK and it's still Hong Kong's public broadcaster, despite fears the station is being transformed into a government mouthpiece. Vicky Wong reports:
US says no cold war with China  Listenfacebook
The US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, has rejected suggestions that a new cold war exists between the US and China. Speaking after the opening day of a meeting of G7 foreign ministers in London, Blinken said the group would work to define and enact a shared democratic vision. The G7 foreign ministers are set to be joined in talks on Wednesday by their counterparts from India, South Korea, Australia and South Africa. London-based correspondent Peter Anderson told Mike Weeks that China is a chief focus of the talks:
Police hope Maritime Museum can house last dai fei   Listenfacebook
A group of former marine police officers are trying to save Hong Kong's last dai fei - the notorious armour plated speedboats used in cross border smuggling before and around the time of the handover. Annemarie Evans takes a closer look: