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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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Doctors warn Covid-19 can have severe impact on children   Listenfacebook
Paediatricians have sought to dispel the misconception that children have only mild symptoms if they contract Covid-19. As Wendy Wong reports, they've appealed to parents to get their offspring vaccinated when the government extends its campaign to kids as young as 12:
Infected family criticised for not getting vaccinated   Listenfacebook
Just three new imported Covid-19 infections were confirmed on Tuesday. Two of the cases were arrivals from Colombia who have the N501Y mutant virus strain. The third patient is a woman from Indonesia who stayed at the i-club Ma Tau Wai Hotel. Earlier, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said she didn't think there was a "big loophole" in current quarantine arrangements and that the only way to guard against missed imported infections is for everyone possible to get vaccinated against the disease. She was speaking about the mystery infection of a family of three with the UK variant of Covid-19, as Timmy Sung reports:
Carrie Lam says ‘external forces’ at work in universities  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam has warned Hong Kong's universities to beware of unspecified external forces, who she said are trying to indoctrinate students and encourage them to take part in illegal activities. As Vicky Wong reports, Lam was responding to a report about a sociological study carried out by one of the institutions:
Pair denied bail over ‘seditious leaflets’   Listenfacebook
A woman and a teenager have been remanded in custody after appearing in West Kowloon Court accused of handing out leaflets promoting Hong Kong independence. Wong Yin-ting reports:
Freight ‘the only viable strategy’ for HK Airlines  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong Airlines has said it needs to become "leaner and more efficient" to survive the Covid-driven decimation of the passenger airline industry. Reports suggest restructuring could see it sack as many as 1,000 staff. Law Cheung-kwok, a senior advisor at the Chinese University's Aviation Policy and Research Centre, spoke to Mike Weeks about the problems facing the airline:
Unions back civil service pay freeze amid Covid crisis   Listenfacebook
The government has proposed freezing the salaries of civil servants for a second straight year, even though a survey of private-sector pay had opened the door for pay cuts of up to two percent. It says factors such as the economy and staff morale had been taken into consideration before making the decision to leave the salaries of its 170,000 staff unchanged. Janice Wong asked Li Kwai-yin, from the Hong Kong Chinese Civil Servants' Association, if the union supports the decision:
Banks, insurance and real estate firms set to increase hiring   Listenfacebook
A human resources firm says its latest check-in with employers shows that about a quarter of them are cutting headcount this summer. But the ManpowerGroup said the labour market has been recovering, noting that another quarter of the companies it surveyed - such as banks - plan to hire more people. Lancy Chui is senior vice president of ManpowerGroup Greater China. She spoke to Joanne Wong:
Court told RTHK accepted Headliner warning   Listenfacebook
Lawyers representing the Communications Authority say the warning it issued to RTHK over an episode of its now-suspended show, Headliner, would not undermine freedom of speech. This came on the final day of a judicial review of a ruling by the authority that the episode in question insulted the police. Here's Violet Wong:
CE says Chinese people should be indignant over sanctions  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, has welcomed Beijing's plan to introduce a law countering foreign sanctions, describing it as a "tit for tat" response. Timmy Sung has the details: