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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Hugh Chiverton and Mike Weeks


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More arrests possible after stabbing of officer  Listenfacebook
The police have arrested two people for inciting others to kill members of the force and set its stations on fire. They are alleged to have done this in social media posts on Friday, a day after a police officer was stabbed and injured in Causeway Bay. Frances Sit reports:
Police warn against glorifying violence  Listenfacebook
National security police have taken over the investigation of the knife attack on the policeman in Causeway Bay on July 1, and warned people against mourning the attacker who committed suicide. As Wendy Wong reports, the force said the act is "no different from supporting terrorism":
John Lee to heal social divisions by promoting a healthy lifestyle   Listenfacebook
New Chief Secretary John Lee says history will decide whether it was right for him to be promoted into the second highest position in government despite being responsible for the ill-fated bill to amend Hong Kong's extradition laws. It was dropped two years ago after setting off mass protests and anti-government unrest. Priscilla Ng reports:
Incentives see people rush to sign up for spending vouchers   Listenfacebook
More than 1.5 million people signed up for the government's HK$5,000 consumption vouchers on Sunday after the opening of registration for the scheme. The vast majority did so by authenticating their identity on line rather than using the iAM Smart app. As Priscilla Ng reports, the government says the registration process has been going relatively smoothly, even though people who signed up through its app had to wait longer:
Felix Chung surprised by big response to voucher scheme   Listenfacebook
Liberal Party leader Felix Chung has hailed the strong response to the government's HK$5,000 consumption voucher scheme, saying it should give a major boost to Hong Kong's economy. He said he was surprised by the enthusiastic response, and believes it's probably because the four designated electronic payment providers had offered incentives, such as rewards and lucky draws, to attract people to sign up early. Chung spoke to Wendy Wong:
Covid outbreak stabilises   Listenfacebook
Just three imported Covid-19 infections were reported on Sunday. They all involved people who flew in from Britain, as Wong Yin-ting reports:
‘More work needed’ to achieve herd immunity in HK   Listenfacebook
Health Secretary Sophia Chan admits there's still some way to go before herd immunity to the coronavirus can be achieved here, although she's hopeful that Hong Kong’s vaccination rate can be further boosted. As Wendy Wong reports, she made the comment following a recent uptick in inoculations, to around 60,000 shots a day:
Anthony Fauci highlights death risk for the unvaccinated   Listenfacebook
America's top infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci, says over 99 percent of recent deaths from Covid-19 in the United States involved unvaccinated people. He described this as tragic, pointing out that the country does “have the tools to counter” the pandemic. Fauci was speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press." Mike Weeks asked RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, what prompted his outburst:
Tenants ‘too afraid’ to report overcharging landlords   Listenfacebook
A grassroots concern group said landlords of subdivided flats are still overcharging tenants for electricity and water, even as a new law bans them from doing so and officials work on bringing in tenancy controls. The Society for Community Organisation (Soco) polled 360 people living in subdivided units from April to June. It found that most of the respondents paid substantially higher utility fees than the official charges. For example, the water charge they paid per month was HK$15 a flat on average, when the approved charge should be HK$12. Soco community organiser Esther Wu told Frances Sit why the new law, that threatens landlords with fines of up to HK$10,000 for overcharging for water, hasn't worked:
Japan reacts to increasing threat to Taiwan   Listenfacebook
Last week, Japan announced it would help defend Taiwan in the event of an attack from the mainland. This reverses a policy of 49 years, since Tokyo recognised Beijing and cut its diplomatic ties with Taipei. It also comes just ahead of the start of the Tokyo Olympics. Hugh Chiverton asked China specialist Mark O'Neill if this is a major policy change:
Tiangong astronauts carry out first of two spacewalks   Listenfacebook
Chinese astronauts have successfully carried out the nation's first double spacewalk. The two astronauts worked for about seven hours on Sunday outside the new Tiangong space station. Richard Pyne has the details: