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


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Pandemic expert urges return to normality  Listenfacebook
An expert advisor to the government on the pandemic, Yuen Kwok-yung, says Covid-19 has become endemic and the authorities should start relaxing restrictions to let life return to normal. The top microbiologist made the remarks in an article he penned with his colleagues from the University of Hong Kong, as Joanne Wong reports:
Hospitals hope to resume non-emergency services  Listenfacebook
The Hospital Authority says it is adjusting services at public hospitals as daily Covid numbers continue to fall. This should mean the resumption of more non-emergency services soon, as Joanne Wong reports:
Sports chief surprised over marathon cancellation  Listenfacebook
Sports Commissioner Yeung Tak-keung says he is unsure why organisers of the Hong Kong Marathon abruptly cancelled November's race. He said discussions were continuing with them, and he believed there was still plenty of time for the preparations. But he said the government was willing to provide assistance if they decided to reschedule the race, as Kelly Yu reports:
Marathon organisers reconsider new date  Listenfacebook
Sports Commissioner Yeung Tak-keung says since the fifth wave of the pandemic hit Hong Kong earlier this year, the government has been in contact with organisers of international events. He said some of those had been cancelled, while others - such as a world snooker competition and the Rugby Sevens - were going ahead. He said he believed that once the pandemic was over, more international events would return to the SAR. Yeung started by telling Janice Wong that after receiving feedback from the public over the weekend, HK Marathon organisers were reconsidering their decision to scrap the race:
JA chief charged just before overseas trip  Listenfacebook
Police have charged the chairman of the Journalists Association, Ronson Chan, with obstructing officers. He will appear at West Kowloon Court on Thursday. Todd Harding reports:
New police 'e-hub' to speed up crime detection  Listenfacebook
Police have established a new centre to speed up the handling of technology crime and deception cases to more effectively utilise investigative resources. The force hopes the centre will allow it to quickly pinpoint the criminals behind such cases, as Timmy Sung reports:
Drinks carton recycler hopes for reprieve  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's only beverage carton recycling firm has warned that the 13 tonnes of waste it deals with each day will end up in landfills if it is forced to close down, after it was told to leave its base at a Yuen Long industrial estate. Mil Mill, which signed a three-year lease for the site in 2019, says that Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks wants to turn the industrial estate into a high-tech park. Harold Yip, Mil Mill's founder, said he would like the firm to stay put for another two to three years until a pulping facility is completed at Tuen Mun's EcoPark in 2025. He told Timmy Sung that was the original understanding with the government-backed landlord:
New technology aiding research into smog  Listenfacebook
A professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) says photochemical smog in the city has been worsening, especially as summers get hotter. Alexis Lau, the director of the Institute for the Environment at HKUST, along with the Environmental Protection Department and atmospheric research teams in the Greater Bay Area, have been studying the presence of ozone and smog in the region over the past year. Lau told Samantha Butler that they hoped their findings could help identify the sources of the pollution and reduce its impact:
Mainland official warns citizens not to touch foreigners  Listenfacebook
A senior Chinese health official has advised people to avoid contact with foreigners to prevent being infected with monkeypox. As Wendy Wong reports, he posted the remark online after the mainland reported its first known case of the virus:
Biden says US forces would defend Taiwan  Listenfacebook
The Foreign Ministry says President Biden's remarks about American forces defending Taiwan if it were attacked by the mainland severely violate the US commitment not to support Taiwan independence. Biden's statement came after President Xi Jinping warned him against playing with fire over the island in a July phone conversation. Mike Weeks reports:
Queen Elizabeth laid to rest, buried with husband  Listenfacebook
Britain has paid a final farewell to its longest-serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, with an historic state funeral and military procession. The funeral at Westminster Abbey brought together King Charles III, the Royal Family and 500 presidents, prime ministers and foreign dignitaries. RTHK's UK correspondent Gavin Grey told Samantha Butler given that the late monarch reigned for 70 years, it was unlikely such a grand funeral would be seen again for a long time: