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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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HK reports first-ever monkeypox case  Listenfacebook
Health officials say a 30-year-old man has become Hong Kong's first monkeypox patient. Authorities say the SAR resident is being treated in isolation in Queen Mary Hospital. Timmy Sung reports:
Monkeypox transmission rate 'low'  Listenfacebook
An infectious diseases specialist says monkeypox is not very infectious, describing it as having a much lower transmission rate than Covid-19. Wilson Lam told Natale Ching that the chance of a monkeypox outbreak in Hong Kong was 'quite small':
Daily Covid numbers dip below 10,000  Listenfacebook
Health authorities say Covid infections have dropped below the 10,000 mark, with Hong Kong recording over 9,300 new infections. Nine more Covid patients died. Aaron Tam reports:
CE sounds warning on vaccine exemption certificates  Listenfacebook
Authorities have warned people against getting a medical exemption certificate for Covid-19 vaccinations through improper means, stressing it is an offence punishable by imprisonment. It comes after police arrested a 64-year-old doctor at a clinic which allegedly issued hundreds of the certificates without conducting medical consultations. Joanne Wong reports:
Vaccine exemption requests 'still quite common’  Listenfacebook
The president of the Medical Association, Cheng Chi-man, says doctors often need to make clinical judgements based on a set of official guidelines when issuing such certificates. The family doctor told Joanne Wong that usually only a small proportion of patients asking for vaccine exemptions actually qualify for one, yet requests from patients for an exemption certificate are still quite common:
CE: progress needed on mandatory child abuse reporting  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive John Lee says the death at the weekend of a five-year-old boy, who is believed to have been abused, highlights the need to move forward quickly on legislating mandatory reporting of suspected child abuse. The child's pregnant mother has been charged with murder and was remanded in custody when she appeared in court on Monday. Frank Yung reports:
SEN students falling behind in online lessons  Listenfacebook
A survey has suggested that students with special educational needs (SEN) are falling behind when it comes to online lessons as teachers have been unable to supply them with tailor-made learning material. The government has been urged to provide SEN students with more support resources to try to redress the problem, as Vanessa Cheng reports:
More collaboration needed to help SEN students  Listenfacebook
Teacher, Dicky Kwan, says its survey of 270 special needs students showed that some were unable to catch up with classes when face-to-face lessons resumed, especially as many schools were still operating for half-a-day on campus. Kwan, a member of Youth Ideas of the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, told Samantha Butler that the government, the education sector, and start-ups should work together to provide more resources for specialist SEN teachers if online classes had to resume:
Death toll expected to rise in Sichuan quake  Listenfacebook
The highest level emergency response has been activated following Monday's 6.8-magnitude earthquake that has killed at least 66 people and injured hundreds in southwest Sichuan. Hundreds of people are believed to be stranded or missing. Authorities have warned that quake-stricken areas will experience "significant rainfall" until Thursday and that landslides could hamper rescue work. Ada Au reports: