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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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BioNTech says jabs effective against mutations  Listenfacebook
Vaccine manufacturer BioNTech has given Hong Kong's inoculation programme a boost, saying that evidence shows there's no need to change its jab to fight Covid variants. Priscilla Ng has the details:
Returnees from Penny’s Bay complain of food ‘worse than prison’   Listenfacebook
People released from quarantine at Penny's Bay following the government's policy U-turn on Friday have spoken of their horror at conditions inside the camp. As Timmy Sung reports, they say they were left without basic necessities, couldn't get medical care and were poisoned by the food provided:
Mutant strain spreader to remain in custody   Listenfacebook
For a third day running, no new local Covid-19 infections were reported on Monday. There were four imported cases, three from Indonesia and one from India. That came as a man linked to a small outbreak of a coronavirus variant was remanded in custody after being arrested at the weekend on suspicion of lying to health authorities. Jimmy Choi has the details:
DoJ says jury trial is not a constitutional right   Listenfacebook
Prosecutors have defended their decision to deny Hong Kong's first national security suspect a jury trial, arguing that this is not a constitutional right. That came during a judicial review of the decision brought by lawyers for the defendant, Tong Ying-kit. Frances Sit reports:
Incomprehension forces coroner to disband jury   Listenfacebook
The jury at an inquest into the death of an anti-government protester in June 2019 was disbanded just hours after the hearing began on Monday, when one of the five jurors told the court she couldn’t fully understand Cantonese. A new jury will be selected on Tuesday. Violet Wong reports:
Three more district councillors quit   Listenfacebook
The head of Sai Kung council, Ben Chung, Eastern councillor Andy Chui and Democrat Andrew Wan, all of whom face national security charges, resigned on Monday, saying they can't fulfil their duties while in custody. That raises to around 20 the number of elected local officials who’ve quit in the past few months, with some saying they won't take an oath of allegiance to the government. Damon Pang reports:
ADPL hopes to carry on in local politics  Listenfacebook
All 19 district councillors from the pro-democracy Assocation for Democracy and People’s Livelihood (ADPL) say they plan to take the oath of allegiance to the government and stay on to carry out their duties. Howard Lee, the party's acting vice chair and Sham Shui Po district councillor, told Mike Weeks why it had made the decision:
More floors as well as more members for Legco   Listenfacebook
Lawmakers have given the green light to a government proposal to add several storeys to the Legislative Council complex to accommodate the 20 extra members added by Beijing’s overhaul of Hong Kong's electoral system. The council will have 90 members following December’s elections, although the number of directly-elected seats will shrink from 35 to 20. New People's Party's lawmaker Regina Ip told Janice Wong the expansion is necessary:
Government urged to do more to boost births   Listenfacebook
A survey has found more than half of Hong Kong women don't want to have children because of the cost - both in money and time - and a lack of living space. The non-profit group, which carried out the study, has urged the government to come up with more family-friendly policies. Wong Yin-ting has the details:
Mothers hold out for justice over Sichuan earthquake   Listenfacebook
It's been 13 years since the massive Sichuan earthquake killed thousands of children, and most of their parents have since given up any hope of getting justice. But despite repeated detentions and beatings by mainland authorities, at least two mothers are refusing to stop their quest for answers as to why so many school buildings crumbled in the quake. Richard Pyne reports: