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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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CE pledges continued easing of Covid rules  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam says the government needs to find out from Beijing if zero local infections is still the prerequisite for the resumption of quarantine-free travel to the mainland. But she said the easing of pandemic restrictions here would continue as scheduled, as Wendy Wong reports:
Effect of new restaurant cluster minimal  Listenfacebook
The Centre for Health Protection says a cluster of Covid cases connected to a Yuen Long restaurant is not affecting the local epidemic situation that much. 273 new Covid infections were reported on Tuesday, up 40 from Monday, as Damon Pang reports:
Rapid Covid tests for diners 'impractical'  Listenfacebook
A proposal by a medical expert suggesting diners do a rapid Covid test before being allowed to enter eateries has received a cool response. A restaurant operator called the idea "impractical", as Timmy Sung reports:
SMEs fear border reopening could take years  Listenfacebook
A business representative fears it could take anywhere from a few weeks to a few years before quarantine-free travel is resumed between Hong Kong and the mainland. Danny Lau, the honorary chairman of the Small and Medium Enterprises Association, said most of the group's members had manufacturing businesses across the border and had to undergo up to 21 days quarantine to travel there. He also urged the government to quickly ease social distancing rules so businesses could resume normal operations and not rely on government support. Lau spoke to Samantha Butler:
Govt revamp awaiting John Lee's input  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam says she is waiting for additional input from her successor, John Lee, on her government restructuring proposal before moving ahead with the revamp. She warned at her weekly press briefing that time was tight, but said Lee may form his new cabinet ahead of the completion of the revamp. Frank Yung reports:
ExCo approves cab fare increase  Listenfacebook
The Executive Council has approved fare increases for taxis, with the initial charge to be raised by $3. The higher fares are expected to take effect in July. Wendy Wong reports:
Taxi group unhappy with fare hike  Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Taxi and Public Light Bus Association says it is disappointed with the $3 flag-fall fare increase as it was expecting twice as much to cover operational costs that have gone up in the past few years. Incremental charges are also being raised by 20 cents for the first nine kilometres, and 10 cents after that. The taxi group's spokesperson, Godwin Ching, spoke to RTHK's Violet Wong:
Palace Museum prepares for summer opening  Listenfacebook
The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority aims to open the local wing of the Palace Museum this summer, as a present for Hong Kong people on the 25th anniversary of the handover. Some exhibits are still on their way here, but the authority says the museum is nearly fully-furnished with works of art and culture, as Mike Weeks reports:
Beijing Covid cases fluctuate   Listenfacebook
New Covid infections reported in Beijing continue to bounce up and down, jumping by more than half on Tuesday to 74, after falling by a fifth on Monday. This comes as clinical trials for the BioNTech vaccine on the mainland were extended until at least October. Frank Yung reports:
June inauguration expected for Bongbong  Listenfacebook
36 years after Ferdinand Marcos was forced from power in the Philippines, another Ferdinand Marcos - his son - is about to take the reins in the island nation. With nearly all votes counted, the man popularly known as Bongbong stands at more than 50 percent. RTHK's Manila correspondent, Alan Robles, told Janice Wong that Marcos’ 'organised disinformation campaign' was bearing fruit:
Sri Lanka brings shoot-on-sight orders to quell unrest  Listenfacebook
Sri Lanka’s armed forces have been ordered to shoot anyone who damages public property or threatens lives. The order came a day after anti-government protests led to violent clashes, and the resignation of the prime minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa, because of the country's economic crisis. More than 200 people have so far been injured in the unrest and a number have died. RTHK's South Asian correspondent Murali Krishnan told Annemarie Evans that this was another critical moment in Sri Lanka's history: