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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Janice Wong and Samantha Butler


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Lockdown lifted with no new cases found  Listenfacebook
Health authorities say no new coronavirus cases were found after a residential block in Lohas Park, Tseung Kwan O, was locked down overnight for testing. 1,340 residents were tested and the lockdown lifted at 6:30am on Tuesday. The action came after a woman living there tested preliminary positive for the L452R mutant strain, as Joanne Wong reports:
Expert says Covid Mu variant appears less infectious  Listenfacebook
A government pandemic adviser says the coronavirus Mu variant hasn't yet entered the community. David Hui says it appears the variant is less infectious than Delta, but there's not enough data to draw a conclusion at this stage. Damon Pang reports:
Travel sector about to crash  Listenfacebook
A group of travel agencies and coach operators has warned the industry won't survive much longer without more support from the authorities. As Violet Wong reports, they also called on authorities to introduce a health code system so that cross-border travel could resume soon:
CE hails cooperation between HK, Shenzhen  Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam has thanked Shenzhen authorities for helping Hong Kong combat the Covid-19 pandemic, saying officials there have done a lot to help SAR residents. Priscilla Ng reports:
UK passes seven million confirmed cases  Listenfacebook
A grim milestone has been passed in the UK, with more than seven million confirmed cases of the coronavirus recorded there since the pandemic began. Monday's latest tally was over 41,000 confirmed cases and 45 deaths. Britain's government says it'll set aside a further US$7.5 billion to help the National Health Service tackle the pandemic. RTHK’s London-based correspondent Gavin Grey gave Samantha Butler an update on the Covid situation in the UK:
Next Digital accused of misleading announcement  Listenfacebook
The Security Bureau has accused Next Digital - the parent company of the now-defunct Apple Daily newspaper - of making misleading remarks in a company announcement and smearing the national security law. Robert Kemp reports:
Protester relief fund halts donation drive  Listenfacebook
A fund that raises money to help people arrested during the 2019 social unrest says it is immediately halting the collection of donations. It comes amid a national security probe by authorities. Timmy Sung reports:
Low smoking rate boosts longevity  Listenfacebook
University of Hong Kong researchers say they've found that the territory's low smoking rate is the most important reason why Hongkongers typically live longer than people from other high-income places. Since 2013, Hong Kong has had the longest life expectancy in the world, at 82 for men and 88 for women. Jimmy Choi reports:
Elderly happy with extra voucher centres  Listenfacebook
Elderly people say they've had a much smoother time resubmitting their applications for the government's consumption vouchers after three additional centres came into operation on Monday. It comes after hundreds of people had crowded into a single government centre to complain about their failed applications for the e-voucher consumption scheme. Violet Wong reports:
Lawmaker says beauty victims lost over $10 million  Listenfacebook
DAB lawmaker Elizabeth Quat says she's received more than 250 complaints about the sudden closure of two beauty salons and a massage parlour, adding she believed the victims had in total lost $10 million among them. Wong Yin-ting reports:
Thousands nabbed in anti-triad sting  Listenfacebook
Police say they've arrested more than 2,300 people in an annual anti-triad joint operation with their Macau and Guangdong counterparts. Timmy Sung reports:
China announces expanded economic zone  Listenfacebook
Beijing says a special economic zone in Shenzhen, created to boost cooperation with Hong Kong, will see its size increase several-folds as part of a plan to foster closer business and technological ties between the two places. Priscilla Ng reports:
China says local authorities should set after-school fees  Listenfacebook
China will set price ranges for after-school tutoring classes and will investigate institutions' costs, such as teacher salaries. It's part of an ongoing overhaul of the education sector. Joanne Wong reports:
Paralympics head justifies unequal treatment  Listenfacebook
The head of the Hong Kong delegation to the Tokyo Paralympics has played down the discrepancy in prize money between Paralympians and Olympians. Elaine Wu says that's because the nature of their sport is different. It comes after a paralympian pointed out that fellow Olympians shared $5 million for a medal, compared to $800,000 they received. Damon Pang reports: