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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

2021-06-01
Tuesday

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Restrictions proposed for the unvaccinated   Listenfacebook
The government is making a fresh push to boost Hong Kong's vaccination rate, warning that people who are not inoculated may be barred from schools, restaurants and entertainment venues should another wave of Covid-19 sweep Hong Kong. Frances Sit reports:
Incentives ‘better’ than restrictions to boost vaccinations  Listenfacebook
Public-health expert and University of Hong Kong Professor Benjamin Cowling says introducing incentives to encourage the public to get inoculated is better than imposing restrictions on un-vaccinated people. But he also told Wendy Wong that imposing curbs on those who have not been vaccinated may be needed to contain the spread of the coronavirus:
Quarantine-free travel ‘key’ to encouraging inoculation  Listenfacebook
The leader of the pro-business Liberal Party, Felix Chung, has described the government's new vaccination drive as a step in the right direction. But he said instead of offering theme park tickets or discounts, a "real incentive" for people to get inoculated against Covid-19 would be to relax travel and quarantine restrictions, especially to allow them to visit Guangdong. He spoke to Jim Gould:
Restrictions on the unvaccinated ‘could’ violate basic rights  Listenfacebook
The chairman of Hong Kong Patients Voices says those who choose not have a jab should not be penalised by being denied entry to schools and other venues. However, Alex Lam told Janice Wong that vaccination incentives, such as paid leave, would be welcomed:
Low vaccination rate ‘means’ distancing rules should continue   Listenfacebook
The Centre for Health Protection is investigating a preliminary-positive Covid infection involving a 35-year-old police officer who works at the force's headquarters in Wan Chai. It's also concerned about one of the four imported cases confirmed on Monday. It involves a 40-year-old arrival from India, who was only confirmed to be infected after he finished quarantine. Leading microbiologist Ho Pak-leung has warned that it’s just a matter of time before Hong Kong is hit by a new wave of Covid-19 infections, so social-distancing measures should only be relaxed for those who are fully vaccinated. Maggie Ho has that story:
Jury question goes unanswered at national security hearing  Listenfacebook
Several of the politicians and activists accused of national security crimes over last year’s pan-democrat primaries have been told they can't get an answer on whether or not their trial will be heard by a jury, at least not for now. This came as the 47 defendants appeared in court again on Monday. Violet Wong reports:
Concerns raised over sentencing of activists   Listenfacebook
A constitutional law professor at the University of Hong Kong says the sentences handed down to 10 veteran pro-democracy activists last week for their involvement in an illegal demonstration in 2019 could serve to undermine people’s confidence in the judiciary. Maggie Ho reports:
China raises two-child policy to three  Listenfacebook
Beijing has announced that couples in China may have up to three children each. It only scrapped its decades-old one-child policy in 2016, replacing it with a two-child limit to try and stave off the risks to its economy from a rapidly ageing population. Recent census data showed a steep decline in the number of births. State media said the decision was approved at a Politburo meeting chaired by President Xi Jinping. It’s not yet clear when the change will take effect. Annemarie Evans asked political analyst Professor Willy Lam of Chinese University what he made of the announcement:
Pandemic sees HK kids put on 4 kg on average   Listenfacebook
A survey of 1,000 parents has found that 95 percent of them don't think their kindergarten and primary school children are doing enough exercise during the pandemic. Lobo Louie, an associate professor at the Baptist University's Department of Sport, Physical Education and Health, told Mike Weeks more about the findings of their research:
HK fundraiser sends Covid supplies to India  Listenfacebook
The Covid-19 situation in India appears to be stabilizing, with infections down by half from the record of more than 400,000 new cases each day several weeks ago. But Mohan Chugani, a former president of the India Association, who is raising funds to send desperately needed supplies to India, told Mike Weeks that it appears many cases and deaths are still going unrecorded:
Firms warned against paying cyber-attack ransoms   Listenfacebook
Police have warned companies that if their data is held hostage by ransomware criminals, they should not pay up, and especially not using cryptocurrency. Officers said using virtual currency would make it extremely difficult for them to trace the money and investigate a case. Timmy Sung reports.