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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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John Lee declared only valid CE candidate  Listenfacebook
The government has confirmed that former chief secretary, John Lee, is the only valid candidate in next month’s Chief Executive election. Lee has said that engaging in talks with the mainland on reopening the border will be his priority if he was elected. Kelly Yu reports:
Covid case numbers continue to drop  Listenfacebook
The number of coronavirus cases in Hong Kong keeps dropping. On Monday, health authorities reported 613 new infections - the fourth straight day the city recorded fewer than 1,000 cases. But as Jimmy Choi reports, officials are expecting a slight rebound in cases after the Easter holidays:
Expert warns of post-Easter Covid rebound  Listenfacebook
An infectious diseases expert, Ivan Hung, says he believes it will be difficult for Hong Kong to achieve zero Covid infections, even though he expects daily cases to soon dip below 100. The University of Hong Kong scholar says the fifth wave is now coming under control, but there will likely be a slight rebound in cases as large groups of people were out celebrating the Easter break. Timmy Sung begins by asking Hung if he expected to see outbreaks at schools when students gradually return for face-to-face classes from Tuesday:
Restaurants hope for further easing of restrictions  Listenfacebook
A catering industry representative says he does not expect much of a boost from the relaxation of social distancing rules this Thursday. As Jimmy Choi reports, restaurants say they are looking forward to the restrictions being eased further so they can accommodate more people and organise banquets:
Academic: international borders should reopen first  Listenfacebook
A tourism professor says Hong Kong should gradually reopen its borders to international travellers to serve as an example to the mainland on how it can control any rise in Covid case numbers. Professor Haiyan Song, the associate dean of Polytechnic University's School of Hotel and Tourism Management, says if the SAR proves it can control imported cases, this will give confidence to mainland tourists. He begins by telling Janice Wong about the easing of social distancing restrictions on local tour groups:
HK doubles its pet-friendly parks  Listenfacebook
Authorities say more than 60 government-run parks will welcome pets from Thursday, bringing the total number of pet-inclusive venues to over 100. Priscilla Ng reports:
Gangsters recruit teens as debt collectors  Listenfacebook
Police say they have noticed an increasing trend of gangs recruiting teenagers as illegal debt collectors. As Vanessa Cheng reports, the force said the situation had been made worse by school closures during the pandemic:
Shanghai reports first Covid deaths in outbreak  Listenfacebook
Shanghai authorities have confirmed the deaths of three Covid patients in the city - the first reported fatalities in the current outbreak. As Timmy Sung reports, officials say all three were elderly people who had not been vaccinated:
Mainland posts better-than-expected Q1 growth  Listenfacebook
Officials figures show the mainland's GDP grew by a stronger-than-expected 4.8 percent in the first quarter despite worries over Covid and Ukraine. Vanessa Cheng reports:
China GDP growth to slow by second quarter  Listenfacebook
A Shanghai-based consultant says the mainland's stronger-than-expected GDP growth in the first quarter took some people by surprise. Ben Cavender of China Market Research Group told Samantha Butler that the first quarterly figures were mostly positive because of strong manufacturing numbers in the first two months of the year. But he warned that the Covid lockdowns imposed on the mainland would significantly drag down figures in the second quarter: