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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

2021-05-17
Monday

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Another young boy infected with Covid-19 in Hong Kong   Listenfacebook
The Centre for Health Protection has confirmed that a second young boy has come down with Covid-19. It said the four-month-old baby is asymptomatic. But his case, unlike that of a four-year-old boy confirmed to have the virus on Saturday, has been linked to an earlier local infection. Saturday's case was the first confirmed transmission of the coronavirus in Hong Kong in a week. The source of the four-year-old's infection remains unknown, and close contacts of the boy, including his kindergarten class, have been quarantined. Timmy Sung reports:
Arrivals from Taiwan face longer quarantine  Listenfacebook
The government has further tightened quarantine and testing requirements for arrivals from Taiwan after the island recorded 206 new coronavirus cases on Sunday. Robert Kemp reports:
Source of Taiwan Covid infections still a mystery   Listenfacebook
Taiwan appealed to people to avoid panic buying of items such as instant noodles and toilet paper on Sunday as new curbs on gatherings and movement took effect to rein in the spread of Covid-19, following an upsurge in domestic infections. Janice Wong asked RTHK’s Taipei correspondent Cindy Sui what the situation is like there:
Unions face national security law regulation and supervision  Listenfacebook
Labour Secretary Law Chi-kwong has warned the authorities may cancel the registration of trade unions as part of what he called its new duty under the national security law. His warning comes as the Labour Department seeks approval from the Legislative Council to create a new post, to ensure trade unions comply with the law. Natale Ching reports:
Security law regulation ‘could be extended’ to all social organisations   Listenfacebook
Trade unions have expressed concerns that the national security law is now being used to try to control public opinion and freedom of speech. They were reacting to a warning from the Labour Secretary, Law Chi-kwong, that the government may cancel the registration of unions as part of what he called its new duty under the security law drafted by Beijing. University of Hong Kong constitutional law professor Simon Young told Mike Weeks this includes supervising the work of unions:
Alliance urges police to respect assembly rights  Listenfacebook
Organisers of the annual June 4 candlelight vigil say they'll urge the police to respect people’s right to assembly. The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China will meet police on Thursday to discuss holding the annual rally to remember the victims of the brutal crackdown on China’s Tiananmen Square democracy movement in 1989. The Leisure and Cultural Services Department has already ruled out letting the alliance use Victoria Park in Causeway Bay for its vigil, citing the coronavirus situation. Timmy Sung reports:
FS tips a big jump in hiring  Listenfacebook
The Financial Secretary, Paul Chan, expects Hong Kong’s unemployment rate to drop significantly as the economy improves. GDP rebounded by 7.9 percent in the first quarter, ending six consecutive quarters of contraction, while the jobless rate has eased from an historic high of 7.2 percent to 6.8 percent. Steve Dunthorne reports:
US ‘unlikely’ to be able to halt Israel-Hamas violence   Listenfacebook
The United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, has appealed for an immediate end to the fighting between Israel and the Palestinians, warning it could plunge the region into an uncontainable crisis. The US Ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, told the Security Council that Washington has made it clear to Israel, the Palestinians and others that it is ready to offer support "should the parties seek a ceasefire" to end the worsening violence. Mike Weeks asked RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, if the Biden administration has much traction with the Israeli government on this: