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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Ben Tse and Samantha Butler


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Patriotic education won't be 'brainwashing'  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Education, Christine Choi, says the government’s plan to boost education for national security, the Basic Law and the Constitution will not brainwash students. On Saturday, the Patriotic Education Centre was officially launched by the Federation of Education Workers, with the aim of promoting patriotic and national security education. Industry representatives said pushing forward patriotic education topped the agenda of the new government with more measures expected to be rolled out. Damon Pang reports:
Justice chief warns US not to 'bully' HK lawyers  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Justice, Paul Lam, says frontline prosecutors are up in arms over reports that the United States could place sanctions on them. It follows a US congressional report last week that Hong Kong criticised as an attempt to intimidate its lawyers. Ada Au reports:
'Simple proof' needed for voucher eligibility  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Finance, Paul Chan, says applicants who have been rejected for the $5,000 government handout need only provide 'simple proof' of their eligibility - such as bank statements, tax records or rent receipts. The people deemed ineligible include those who have withdrawn their MPF savings - but some of those say they have not moved away from Hong Kong. Kelly Yu reports:
Over 1,100 in hospital for Covid  Listenfacebook
Health authorities say over 1,100 people are being treated for Covid-19 at public hospitals and that four more people have died from the disease. Sunday's figure of 3,486 new cases was down slightly from the previous day. Timmy Sung reports:
Cowling calls for inbound quarantine to be dropped  Listenfacebook
Top epidemiologist, Benjamin Cowling, says he no longer sees any rationale for quarantining inbound travellers, and the measure should be completely dropped. The Chief Executive, John Lee, has said he is considering reducing the seven days hotel quarantine and replacing it with home isolation. But Professor Cowling, from the University of Hong Kong's School of Public Health, disagreed with both hotel or home quarantine, saying the measure had not achieved its stated objectives. He also told Ben Tse that authorities should relax social distancing measures and allow the population to achieve hybrid immunity against Covid:
HA slams 'misleading reports' over imported medicine  Listenfacebook
The Hospital Authority says it has recently imported two types of medication from the mainland and both of them were used in compliance with local laws. It says it finds it deeply regrettable that there had been, what it called, misleading media reports that accused it of importing and using unauthorised medication. Damon Pang reports:
Macau extends Covid lockdown  Listenfacebook
The extended suspension of non-essential business in Macau has kicked in on Monday, as authorities grapple to stop Covid-19's spread. The territory has recorded some 1,700 coronavirus infections since mid-June. Sean Kennedy reports:
Police identify burglar over DNA in dead mozzies  Listenfacebook
Police on the mainland say they have caught a burglar after finding his DNA in the blood of dead mosquitoes at the crime scene. Aaron Tam reports:
Biden’s Middle East trip ‘thin’ on results  Listenfacebook
On Saturday, President Biden capped a four-day visit to Israel and Saudi Arabia, his first trip to the Middle East since taking office. Perhaps one of the more defining moments was a fist bump with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - whom the US has accused of sanctioning the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Turkey in 2018. RTHK’s Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, told Samantha Butler that he thought the controversy over the fist bump was "a tempest in a teacup":