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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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Daily Covid cases almost double  Listenfacebook
Health officials have urged people not to report past infections to try to get an exemption from the government's vaccine pass scheme, after a surprise jump in new Covid cases on Wednesday to 505. The daily caseload had hovered at around 300 for about a month. Damon Pang reports:
Expert unconcerned over 'stagnant' caseload  Listenfacebook
An infectious disease expert has sought to allay concerns over Hong Kong's "stagnant" Covid situation, saying it is “not a bad thing” that infections have not dropped further. The term "stagnant" was coined by the Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Tuesday as she explained why the government would be unlikely to further relax anti-epidemic measures later this month. Wendy Wong reports:
Lawmaker signals Covid action is insufficient  Listenfacebook
Medical-sector lawmaker, David Lam, has described Covid cases topping 500 as "alarming", but says people should not be too worried about the spike if there is no actual upward trend. But he warned that if figures do not go down, there could be a sixth wave of infections. He also told Frank Yung that the so-called stagnant Covid situation suggested authorities were not doing enough to contain the virus:
Shanghai residents celebrate lockdown easing  Listenfacebook
Shanghai is slowly coming back to life as it emerges from two months of Covid lockdown. Many residents celebrated but most were just relieved that their ordeal had ended. Aaron Tam reports:
Health officials draft monkeypox response plan  Listenfacebook
Health officials are drawing up a response plan on monkeypox to tackle the risk of a potential outbreak in Hong Kong. Part of the plan includes requiring doctors to report suspected or confirmed cases to the Department of Health. Timmy Sung reports:
Drone association welcomes registration law  Listenfacebook
New legislation regulating the use of drones has come into effect, requiring many pilots to register their identity and their equipment with the authorities. The head of the Drone Sports Association welcomed the new legislation, saying it would help boost safety, as Violet Wong reports:
Thousands of leisure users register their drones  Listenfacebook
The chair of the Hong Kong Drone Sports Association, Andy Chau, says the new legislation provides clearer guidelines to users, such as where they are permitted to fly and the speed limits. He told Janice Wong that drone users had a six-month grace period to register their devices and some 6,000 people had already done so:
Ex-deputy police chief named civil service college head  Listenfacebook
Former deputy police commissioner, Kwok Yam-shu, has been appointed as head of the Civil Service College. He retired in April after serving in the force for 31 years. He will take up his new post on July 5. Mike Weeks reports:
Two deadly quakes hit Sichuan province  Listenfacebook
Two earthquakes have rocked Sichuan province, killing at least four people and injuring 14. Todd Harding reports:
Children's rights champion Anne Marden dies  Listenfacebook
A champion for the rights of children, special needs education and marginalised communities in Hong Kong has died. Longtime social service volunteer and philanthropist, Anne Marden, was 96. She came to Hong Kong as a young bride in 1947. Priscilla Ng reports:
BA, easyJet, cancel more flights amid travel chaos  Listenfacebook
British Airways and easyJet cancelled more than 150 flights to and from the UK on Wednesday, as holidaymakers faced further delays going into the extended Queen’s platinum jubilee bank holiday, amid further recriminations between ministers and the aviation industry over who is to blame for the disruption. RTHK's UK correspondent, Peter Anderson, told Samantha Butler that the travel chaos extended to Europe and was not expected to be over by the summer break: