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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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CE pledges to keep economy going amid pandemic  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, John Lee, says his government's goal at the moment is to reduce inconvenience to travellers while safeguarding public health on the mainland. He made the remark in a speech to the Hong Kong Summit, as Maggie Ho reports:
No end in sight as Covid cases surpass 5,700  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong recorded 5,757 new Covid cases on Wednesday. Health officials say there is no end in sight to the rising trend of cases, as Damon Pang reports:
Studies show prevalence of long Covid in children  Listenfacebook
A University of Hong Kong microbiologist says a study in Europe suggests that 25 percent of children may have long Covid. Clinical assistant professor Siddharth Sridhar said children may experience symptoms, such as fatigue, headache and sleep disturbances. He also told Violet Wong that most of them should recover within a short period of time:
No jury for Hong Kong's biggest security law trial  Listenfacebook
RTHK has learned that the Secretary for Justice has informed the 47 defendants in the largest national security case yet held in Hong Kong that their upcoming trial will be conducted without a jury. They include former opposition lawmakers, unionists and academics who have been charged with “conspiracy to subversion” for organising an unofficial primary election among the pro-democracy camp in 2020. Maggie Ho reports:
Ronny Tong defends no-jury trial  Listenfacebook
Executive Councillor and senior counsel Ronny Tong says the Justice Secretary's decision will not affect Hong Kong's rule of law. He also dismissed concerns that such arrangements would make the national security proceedings less fair, saying that rights of the defendants should be protected by fair judges. He spoke to Kelly Yu:
Govt pledges to review HK's hygiene laws  Listenfacebook
The government says it will launch a comprehensive review of the hygiene laws to better keep Hong Kong clean. The territory-wide clean-up campaign it launched at the weekend was the focus of the second round of informal "antechamber talks" in the Legislative Council between the Chief Secretary and lawmakers. Frank Yung reports:
Man charged for impersonating ex-girlfriend  Listenfacebook
A man has been charged for allegedly disclosing the personal information of his former girlfriend without consent. This is the second time charges have been laid under the new anti-doxxing regime, which came into effect last October. Kelly Yu reports:
Call to revive scrapped monorail plans  Listenfacebook
There are calls for the government to put scrapped plans for a monorail in Kowloon East back on track. The project linking Kai Tak Development and Kowloon Bay MTR station was ditched in 2020, with officials deciding that a mix of transport options, including buses, minibuses and a moving walkway, would be better. But now, the Federation of Trade Unions says without a comprehensive transport system, few people are passing through the former airport site, wasting its potential. The union's lawmaker Bill Tang says other forms of transport are no substitute for the monorail. He spoke to Vanessa Cheng:
HK’s sparrow population increases by 36 percent  Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Bird Watching Society says the number of sparrows in the SAR has reached the highest level in five years. The group says a survey in May indicated a population of 287,000 sparrows, a 36 percent increase over last year. Research officer John Chung said they still have not been able to figure out why the city’s sparrow population has increased, but he told Ben Tse that they tend to thrive in older districts such as Sham Shui Po and Wong Tai Sin:
Measures announced to boost China's birth rate  Listenfacebook
Beijing has announced measures to try to head off a looming population crisis. The world's most populous country faces a rapidly ageing workforce and its weakest population growth in decades. Vicky Wong reports:
Hot weather results in fewer eggs  Listenfacebook
Scorching temperatures in eastern China have been taking their toll on chickens, which are reported to have been laying fewer eggs. As Natale Ching reports, that has pushed egg prices up by as much as 30 percent in cities in the region: