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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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Vaccine pass for young children begins October  Listenfacebook
An extended vaccine pass scheme covering children aged between five and 11 will begin at the end of this month. The announcement comes as Hong Kong recorded just over 10,000 new local Covid-19 infections on Thursday. Maggie Ho reports:
Parents urged to get kids jabbed  Listenfacebook
A paediatric specialist has repeated calls for parents to get their children fully-vaccinated after the government announced details of its extended vaccine pass scheme. Mike Kwan, an associate professor of paediatrics at the University of Hong Kong, said inoculation was important given that the fifth wave of Covid-19 saw a large number of children hospitalised with breathing difficulties. Kwan told Ben Tse that including children as young as five in the vaccine pass in a bid to get more kids inoculated was vital to protect children:
HK Marathon propose Covid-friendly event  Listenfacebook
Organisers of the Hong Kong Marathon are hopeful they can confirm arrangements for the upcoming event with the government next week. According to their latest proposal, 25,000 runners will take part in the race in November - down from more than 37,000 previously - and they will be separated into small groups with different starting times. The measures are aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19. Kwan Kee, chairman of Hong Kong Association of Athletics Affiliates, spoke to Vanessa Cheng:
Two probes launched into fatal crane accident  Listenfacebook
The contractor of a Sau Mau Ping construction site, where three workers were killed in a crane collapse on Wednesday, will be barred from tendering for public works projects until the end of next year. And according to the Chief Executive, two inquiries have been launched into the tragedy, as Frank Yung reports:
Naval mine found off Cape D'Aguilar  Listenfacebook
Police say they will dispose of a naval mine from World War 2 off the southeast coast of Hong Kong Island on Friday. Although it has been there a long time, officers are concerned it could still be active and are keeping the public well away. Damon Pang reports:
Consumers worried about data privacy  Listenfacebook
The Consumer Council has urged the government to introduce laws on the use of artificial intelligence to help safeguard consumer rights. As Kelly Yu reports, a survey by the watchdog found a majority of respondents were concerned about digital data privacy:
Beijing lashes out at press club's statement on journalist arrest  Listenfacebook
The Foreign Ministry has accused the Foreign Correspondents' Club in Hong Kong of attacking the government and supporting anti-China forces. That is after the FCC expressed concern over the arrest of the head of the Journalists Association, as Timmy Sung reports:
Liaison chief optimistic that HK businesses will grasp opportunities  Listenfacebook
The head of Beijing's liaison office in Hong Kong says he believes the commercial and industrial enterprises here will seize development opportunities as the SAR faces a key new chapter in the coming five years. As Violet Wong reports, Luo Huining was referring to Beijing's latest development plans and initiatives:
Queen Elizabeth dies, aged 96  Listenfacebook
Buckingham Palace has announced the death of Queen Elizabeth. In a statement, the Palace said she died peacefully at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, where she had spent the summer. She was 96. RTHK's UK correspondent, Gavin Grey, told Samantha Butler what Buckingham Palace had said about the Queen's passing:
ECB raises interest rates across the Eurozone  Listenfacebook
The European Central Bank has raised its key interest rates by an unprecedented three quarters of a percentage point - in a move to fight inflation. It also signalled further hikes - even though bloc's economy seems to be heading for a winter recession. Robert Kemp reports.