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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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Jobless rate rises to 5.4 percent  Listenfacebook
The latest unemployment figure shows Hong Kong's jobless rate climbed 5.4 percent last month - up 0.4 percentage points from March, and matching a 10-month high. The figure covers February to April, spanning the peak of the Omicron wave of infections and the start of the phased easing of social distancing measures. Officials say employment weakened in almost all sectors during the period. But labour secretary Law Chi-kwong says he expects the labour market to improve in the coming months as more pandemic restrictions are lifted. Olga Yung, managing director of recruitment agency, Michael Page Hong Kong, echoes that view. She spoke to Joanne Wong:
Travel group notes strong demand for Japan tours  Listenfacebook
The Travel Industry Council has expressed hope that Japan will soon reopen to Hong Kong tourists, including those inoculated with a Covid vaccine that the country does not recognise at present. So far, the SAR is not on a list of countries approved by Tokyo for a trial package-tour scheme. Wendy Wong reports:
Survey finds people reluctant to dine-in  Listenfacebook
A catering industry group says a study it backed indicates one-in-five diners are reluctant to go back to eating out, even as social distancing rules are eased. The survey polled 1,100 people last year. Theo Cheung, a member of the Hong Kong Federation of Restaurants & Related Trades, said this was because people had developed the habit of buying takeaway meals during the pandemic. Cheung told Janice Wong that if the trend continued, the sector would need to evolve:
More than 130 smuggled pedigree pets seized  Listenfacebook
Authorities have arrested a man who allegedly tried to smuggle more than 130 cats and dogs into Hong Kong by speedboat. The animals are believed to be worth $1.4 million. Maggie Ho reports:
Law expert slams 'disgusting' pet trade  Listenfacebook
An animal law expert says the smuggling in of pedigree pets to Hong Kong will continue as long as people demand cheap prices. Amanda Whitfort, an associate law professor at the University of Hong Kong, says the situation is exacerbated by Hong Kong's proximity to the mainland, where the animals are easily bred in often poor conditions. She spoke to Samantha Butler:
Shanghai cements 'zero-Covid' status  Listenfacebook
More Shanghai residents have been given the freedom to go out to shop for groceries for the first time in nearly two months as authorities set out more plans for exiting the city-wide Covid lockdown more fully, including reopening some of the metro system. New infections in Shanghai have dropped further and none of them were outside quarantined areas for a fifth day in a row, further cementing its "zero Covid" status. Frank Yung reports:
Climate change tops Aussies' concerns  Listenfacebook
Australia goes to the polls on Saturday to elect the 151 members of the national parliament. But attention is focused on independent candidates standing in constituencies across the country who could emerge as key players in the formation of a future government, particularly if the result is close. Opinion polls show the lead of the opposition Labor Party under Anthony Albanese over Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Liberal National coalition is narrowing, as more than 17 million Australians get set to vote. Annemarie Evans spoke to RTHK's Australia correspondent, Luke Hunt: