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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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Masks off for exercise; beaches and pools to reopen  Listenfacebook
Beaches and swimming pools will reopen on Thursday and restaurants will be able to seat up to eight customers a table, while people exercising outdoors will no longer need to wear masks. More anti-Covid measures are set to be eased two weeks later, as Hong Kong's Omicron outbreak dwindles. Wendy Wong reports:
Easing of measures sees jump in restaurant bookings  Listenfacebook
A catering industry representative says restaurants have seen a surge in bookings following the government announcement. Simon Wong, who heads the Hong Kong Federation of Restaurants & Related Trades, told Joanne Wong that he was especially happy about the relaxation of rules ahead of Mother's Day this Sunday:
Public hospitals welcome more visitors  Listenfacebook
Patients on non-acute wards at 26 public hospitals will be allowed visitors from Friday. Such visits had been restricted during the pandemic to protect patients' health. The announcement came as the number of new Covid infections fell to 290 on Tuesday. Frank Yung reports:
Thousands of schools resume in-person lessons  Listenfacebook
The government says more than 2,000 schools have now resumed face-to-face classes. They include kindergartens, which welcomed back young children for the first time in months. Joanne Wong reports:
Schools, parents and peers boost digital competency  Listenfacebook
A HKU researcher says digital competence among students, even within the same school, widened significantly during the pandemic. The University of Hong Kong spoke to 2,000 primary and secondary students in 2019, before the pandemic broke out, and again last year. Professor Nancy Law from the university's Centre for Information Technology in Education, told Samantha Butler that digital competence was built through support, not just from schools but also from parents and friends:
Long-delayed MTR extension opens mid-May  Listenfacebook
People living in the central New Territories will soon be able to commute to the island without changing trains. The government has confirmed that the long-delayed East Rail Line's cross-harbour extension will open on May 15, linking Hung Hom to Admiralty, via the new Exhibition Centre Station. Frank Yung reports:
Overcrowding concerns on extended East Rail  Listenfacebook
Roundtable lawmaker Michael Tien says the opening of the extension is a major milestone in Hong Kong's railway development, and will allow thousands of people who change onto cross-harbour buses each day at Hung Hom to instead stay on trains. But the former KCRC chairman fears that overcrowding will soon become a problem on the East Rail, especially with trains cut to nine carriages. He spoke to Damon Pang:
HK's economy shrinks four percent  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's economy reversed from four consecutive quarters of expansion to shrink 4 percent year-on-year in the first three months of 2022, as the city was hammered by its worst Covid outbreak while global demand moderated. The preliminary GDP figure follows 4.7 percent growth in the fourth quarter. Private consumption was down 5.4 percent year-on-year while exports fell 4.5 percent. A government spokesman expects significant challenges to persist, with central banks around the world tightening monetary policy, coupled with uncertainty stemming from the Ukraine conflict. But he expects local demand to pick up as the Covid situation here eases. An associate professor of economics from the Chinese University, Terence Chong, told Joanne Wong that the first quarter contraction was worse than forecast but he expected improvement in the second quarter:
CE wants restructuring plan passed in her term  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam says her administration is working to make sure the transition to a new government will be smooth, after her successor is formally named following Sunday's election. That includes getting her plan for government restructuring passed, as Cecil Wong reports:
Shanghai eases lockdown as Covid cases drop  Listenfacebook
Shanghai has begun easing its strict lockdown more than a month after it was imposed, as the city saw a further substantial drop in the number of Covid infections. But authorities in Beijing have launched another round of mass testing as cases in the capital creep up. Frances Sit reports: