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


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HK not ready to drop all travel restrictions: Lo Chung-mau  Listenfacebook
Mandatory hotel quarantines for incoming travellers were scrapped on Monday, with people asked to instead monitor their own health for three days at their home or a hotel -- during which they won't be allowed to go to places such as restaurants and bars. But Health minister Lo Chung-mau says it's not yet time to drop all inbound travel restrictions, stressing that Hong Kong still needs to remain vigilant about new Covid strains. Ada Au reports:
'Easing of restrictions won't do much to draw in international travellers'  Listenfacebook
The Travel Industry Council says while the scrapping of the hotel quarantine will be a boon for locals hoping to travel overseas, the relaxation won't do much to draw in overseas travellers. The council's executive director, Fanny Yeung, says it's still difficult for Hong Kong to compete with other destinations that have no travel restrictions at all. She also told Janice Wong that outgoing flights for HongKongers hoping to travel overseas will remain tight for the rest of the year:
Catering groups call for easing of Covid restrictions  Listenfacebook
Five groups representing the catering industry have written to the government demanding the easing of Covid restrictions on restaurants. They warned that more businesses may be forced to close, as residents will likely opt to travel abroad instead of spending domestically. Joanne Wong with the details:
'Easing of restrictions no barrier to opening HK's mainland borders'  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's only delegate to the country's top legislature, Tam Yiu-chung, says he does not see any conflict between the SAR's external border relaxation and reopening borders with the mainland. The National People's Congress Standing Committee member noted that mainland officials had stated Hong Kong can make decisions about its external immigration control. Todd Harding reports:
Experts warn winter flu risk may be greater than Covid  Listenfacebook
As infection numbers for Covid wane, experts are now warning that the flu may pose a bigger danger to the SAR than the coronavirus this winter. A University of Hong Kong expert, Ivan Hung, says this is because Hongkongers are not as well protected against influenza, and urged people to get flu jabs. Damon Pang reports:
Local exports decline amid poor external economic conditions  Listenfacebook
Financial Secretary Paul Chan has warned that local exports will continue to be under pressure. Mr Chan said the figure's been dragged down by what he's described as a precarious external economic situation. Andrew Chworowsky explains:
Families caught up in abuse need professional help: NGO  Listenfacebook
An NGO, Against Child Abuse, has suggested that professional help should be offered to families involved in suspected child abuse cases. It's one of their suggestions to help curb a rising number in such cases during the pandemic. Aaron Tam reports:
Beijing calls for peace in Ukraine  Listenfacebook
Beijing has reaffirmed its support for all efforts conducive to the peaceful resolution of the crisis in Ukraine. Foreign Minister Wang Yi also told the United Nations General Assembly that the priority now is to facilitate peace talks. Aaron Tam reports:
'US Federal Reserve not done yet with rate hikes'  Listenfacebook
Investors around the world have been fretting over the US central bank's hawkish rate policy to tame inflation that they fear will drag major economies into recession. Vicky Wong asked our Washington Correspondent Barry Wood how significant the Fed's decision to raise rates last week was: