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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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Beijing announces memorial service for Jiang Zemin  Listenfacebook
A memorial service will be held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Tuesday for former president, Jiang Zemin, who died in Shanghai on Wednesday at the age of 96. During the service, people across the country will observe three minutes of silence. In Hong Kong, Chief Executive John Lee has led mourners in paying their respects to the late former state leader. Frank Yung reports:
HK reports eight percent jump in Covid cases  Listenfacebook
Health authorities say there are no plans to tighten social distancing measures for now despite the daily number of new Covid infections reaching five-digits for the first time since early September. Meanwhile, the Hospital Authority says three children infected with Covid were recently put into intensive care and that a three-year-old boy has been critically ill after catching the flu. Kelly Yu reports:
More primary schools meet threshold for full-day classes  Listenfacebook
Some primary three students have attended full-day school for the first time ever, with classes having been disrupted during the almost three-year Covid pandemic. The students are among those attending primary schools at which at least 70 percent of pupils have been double-vaccinated - so the schools are allowed to resume full-day, in-person lessons. Natale Ching reports:
Four arrested over botched Botox injections  Listenfacebook
Police have arrested four people linked to a beauty centre in Jordan where three women developed botulism symptoms after receiving Botox injections. Officers have not ruled out further arrests, as Sean Kennedy reports:
Surgeon warning over Botox jabs at beauty salons  Listenfacebook
A plastic surgeon has reminded consumers to use doctors when receiving injectable beauty treatments. Dr Stephanie Lam says botulism from injections is very rare, with only around 30 cases in Hong Kong in recent years. But she told Samantha Butler that early treatment was important as there was no antidote:
Wan Chai fire classified as murder  Listenfacebook
Two men have died in a fire in Wan Chai, with police classifying the case as murder, arson and suicide. More than 30 people had to be evacuated from the building in the early hours of Thursday morning. Police believe the two men had an argument, before one attacked the other and then set fire to the unit. Damon Pang reports:
Govt hasn't ruled out peak hour toll fees  Listenfacebook
The head of the government's Transport Advisory Committee has revealed that the government plans to introduce different hourly rates at the three cross-harbour tunnels, but only after a planned toll adjustment next year. Stephen Cheung's comment came as a number of lawmakers complained that plans to reduce the difference in toll charges between the three tunnels would not improve congestion. Vanessa Cheng reports:
Lawmaker calls for tunnel fee exemption for public transport  Listenfacebook
Lawmaker Gary Zhang says the government should encourage more people to use public transport by exempting such vehicles from paying to use the cross-harbour tunnels. He also told Vanessa Cheng that authorities should speed up efforts towards building a fourth cross-harbour tunnel:
Jimmy Lai's security case adjourned  Listenfacebook
The High Court has acceded to the government's request for an adjournment of the national security trial of former media tycoon, Jimmy Lai. This is to allow the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress to decide whether the original intention of the law it passed was to allow foreign lawyers to take part in such cases. Violet Wong reports:
Charity giving gift of sign language classes to parents  Listenfacebook
Operation Santa Claus 2022 is in full swing and raising money for 15 charities. One of the projects is called ‘Effective Signed Intervention for SEN Children’. It is the second year that SLCO Community Resources is running this project. Its project manager Raymond Wong spoke to Angie Man about how the project has been progressing:
Xi hopes to strengthen China-EU relations  Listenfacebook
President Xi Jinping has told the president of the European Council, Charles Michel, that Beijing wants to strengthen strategic communication and coordination with the European Union. Wendy Wong reports:
China adjusts Covid measures  Listenfacebook
Vice Premier Sun Chunlan has called for further efforts to optimise Covid-19 prevention and control measures. Her remarks were reported by state media, as cities across the mainland take a more targeted approach to tackle outbreaks of the virus. Natale Ching reports: