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


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Covid cabs to provide direct quarantine hotel transfer  Listenfacebook
From Monday, travellers flying into Hong Kong can choose to take designated taxis from the airport to their quarantine hotels at their own expense. The government says the move aims to cater for the rising demand for point-to-point transport services, amid an increasing number of arrivals. Wendy Wong reports:
Tougher testing regime to deal with hospital outbreaks  Listenfacebook
The number of new daily local coronavirus cases has dropped below 4,000 for the first time in about five days. Officials reported 3,906 infections, along with 224 imported cases, and three more Covid-related deaths. Meanwhile, the Hospital Authority has announced tougher Covid testing requirements to prevent outbreaks in hospitals. Joanne Wong reports:
Push to raise minimum wage to $50/hr  Listenfacebook
A workers’ group has urged the government to raise the minimum wage to at least $50 an hour. The Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Workers Kowloon said people on base pay were struggling to make ends meet. It said it surveyed 144 security guards over the last two months and found around half earned less than $40 per hour, and more than 30 percent were on the minimum wage of $37.50. The centre's supervisor But Ngan-ping told Kelly Yu that the government should review the pay rate every year to keep up with inflation:
MTR apologises over man's death in disabled toilet  Listenfacebook
The MTR Corporation has been urged to explain as soon as possible why it took its staff four hours to find a man after the family reported him missing at Hung Hom station last week. The man was later found dead in a toilet at the station. Maggie Ho reports:
Science Park visit strengthen's IT hub mission  Listenfacebook
The head of Hong Kong’s Science Park says the city’s innovation and technology sector needs to more than triple in size within years and attract hundreds of thousands more workers, if Hong Kong is to fulfill the national goal of transforming into an international tech hub. Albert Wong told RTHK that this was an achievable target, as long as the city worked hard to unleash the potential of its young talent and take advantage of its greater integration with the Greater Bay Area. Wong said President Xi Jinping’s rare visit to the Science Park during his visit to Hong Kong for the 25th anniversary of the SAR's establishment was an unmistakable sign of how high the expectations were for the entire industry. Violet Wong reports:
School children urged to learn from President Xi's speech  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Education, Christine Choi, says students must understand that their goals and dreams in life are linked to the future of the country. She also says they must learn from a recent speech President Xi Jinping made on Hong Kong. Damon Pang reports:
Water sports programme boosts safety, conservation  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong Playground Association says a three-year programme it organised to promote water sports has raised awareness about water safety and marine conservation. Funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, the “Water Sports 4 All” Programme let participants have a taste of kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and windsurfing. A supervisor from the association, Edmond Yiu, told Vicky Wong how they dealt with promoting and implementing the programme during the Covid pandemic:
Lab module docks with space station  Listenfacebook
China has announced the latest addition of the nation's space station has docked with the Tianhe core module. Astronauts have since entered the Wentian lab module in orbit. Natale Ching reports:
NHS faces workforce crisis amid staff exodus  Listenfacebook
A committee of British lawmakers says the state-run National Health Service is facing its worst-ever staffing crisis. The report says there are thousands of vacancies and the government has no credible strategy to address the problem. RTHK's UK correspondent, Gavin Grey, told Samantha Butler how the situation had become so serious: