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


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Flight bans to be lifted and quarantine eased  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam has announced the lifting of flight bans in her roadmap for the gradual resumption of normal life in Hong Kong, following its battering from an Omicron outbreak. It's a three-stage plan spread over three months from April 21. International and primary schools will be allowed to reopen two days before then, but face-to-face teaching at local secondary schools won't restart until after the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (DSE) exams. Natale Ching reports:
Lawmaker wants immediate lifting of flight ban  Listenfacebook
Roundtable lawmaker Michael Tien says it's good that the flight ban from nine countries is to be lifted - but he wants it done immediately instead of from the start of next month. He spoke to Damon Pang:
Hotel demand and prices expected to surge  Listenfacebook
Fanny Yeung, a travel trade representative, says the lifting of the travel ban will increase demand for quarantine hotels here, possibly pushing up prices by as much as 20 percent. She says airlines also seem to have been caught unprepared. Yeung spoke to Natale Ching:
Restaurant trade wants earlier easing of rules  Listenfacebook
The catering industry welcomed the government's map for relaxing social distancing measures. It expects the first phase will see business rebound by around 40 percent. But the president of the Federation of Restaurants, Simon Wong, hopes the rules can be eased much sooner than a month from now. He spoke to Vanessa Cheng:
HK's Omicron outbreak stabilising  Listenfacebook
Health officials say the Omicron outbreak is stabilising, after Hong Kong saw another slight drop in new coronavirus cases, to 14,068, on Monday. Wendy Wong reports:
Four-digit Covid caseload expected within three weeks  Listenfacebook
A specialist in respiratory medicine, Leung Chi-chiu, told RTHK he expected the downward trend in infections to continue. He also agreed with the government's move to lift the flight ban on nine countries, saying they no longer posed extra risk to Hong Kong's pandemic situation. Leung spoke to Wendy Wong:
Official admits lax Covid monitoring on care homes  Listenfacebook
Welfare secretary Law Chi-kwong has conceded that anti-epidemic efforts in care homes failed to keep up with the Covid-19 outbreak. But he insisted officials were trying their best to catch up. Wendy Wong reports:
Professor expects full reopening in 2022  Listenfacebook
A tourism professor says he expects Hong Kong to fully reopen by the second half of the year, and see up to 12 million arrivals for 2022. Professor Haiyan Song from the Polytechnic University's School of Hotel and Tourism Management told Janice Wong that most of the first arrivals would likely come from the Greater Bay Area:
Lawmakers to discuss speeding up land supply  Listenfacebook
Legco's Development Panel is meeting on Tuesday to discuss plans to amend a series of laws to speed up land supply. These include limiting the time for public objections to projects and cutting public consultation from 17 months to nine months. 12 green groups have joined hands to oppose this proposal. Chan Hall-sion, a senior campaigner with Greenpeace, says in 24 previous applications they reviewed, public participation amounted to less than three months. She told Vicky Wong that it was the government's administrative procedures that caused the longest delays:
No survivors in China Eastern jet crash  Listenfacebook
Mainland media reports says there are no signs of survivors from a China Eastern Airlines jet that crashed into a mountain in Guangxi. The 737-800 jet, carrying 132 people, was flying from Kunming to Guangzhou, when it dropped sharply from a cruising altitude of more than 29,000 feet. Todd Harding reports:
Frontrunners fail to show at presidential debates  Listenfacebook
The Philippine electoral commission says it's considering how to proceed after the frontrunners in both the presidential and vice presidential elections skipped the first televised debates. The daughter of the current Philippine leader and leading vice presidential candidate, Sara Duterte, failed to turn up on Sunday. Duterte's running mate for president missed his debate on Saturday. In all, 10 candidates are hoping to entice voters ahead of the ballot on May 9. Annemarie Evans asked RTHK's Manila correspondent, Alan Robles, about those failed television debates: