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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Mike Weeks and Ian Pooler


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Ten more HK people infected on quarantined cruise ship  Listenfacebook
As Hong Kong passengers quarantined on a cruise ship in Japan wait to be brought back here by the government, ten more of them have been confirmed to have the Wuhan coronavirus. That means 21 of the more than 300 Hong Kong people onboard the Diamond Princess, have now been infected. The rest could be headed back to Hong Kong as early as Wednesday on a plane chartered by the government. But arrangements are still being made and officials say anyone on that flight will have to be sent to a quarantine camp for another two weeks once they get home. One passenger told RTHK she doesn't mind, but she'd prefer to stay at home rather than in a camp. Timmy Sung reports:
Taikoo Shing man comes down with Covid-19   Listenfacebook
A 54-year-old man who lives in Taikoo Shing has been confirmed as Hong Kong’s 57th Covid-19 case. He had not left Hong Kong recently and had no known contacts with other coronavirus patients. As with some previous cases, the man had made multiple visits to doctors and hospitals before he was diagnosed on Sunday, as Frances Sit reports:
New infections rise in Hubei, as HK steps up quarantine surveillance   Listenfacebook
Restrictions on movement have been tightened in Hubei Province as it continues to battle the viral epidemic. Some 60 million people have been told to stay at home unless there is an emergency and the use of private cars has been banned indefinitely. Hubei has been hit hardest by the outbreak, which started in its capital Wuhan and has now claimed at least 1,770 lives in China. The province's health commission reported 1,933 new viral infections on Monday, ending a three-day consecutive decline in the number of cases. The Hong Kong government is stepping up surveillance of people who are quarantined after entering the SAR from the mainland. They are now being required to share the real-time location of their mobile phones with the authorities as soon as they cross the border. As Cecil Wong reports, those who don't comply will have to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet instead:
More than 30 held over treatment-centre protests   Listenfacebook
Hundreds of people took part in multiple protests over the weekend against government plans to designate public clinics across Hong Kong as centres to treat mild cases of the Wuhan virus. At least one man was taken away on Sunday night after clashes with riot police near Richland Gardens, in Kowloon Bay. More than 30 people were arrested on Saturday after a demonstration in Tin Shui Wai. An executive councillor says the government needs to do a better job of explaining how these clinics will safeguard public health. Damon Pang reports:
Lack of government credibility ‘complicating’ virus battle   Listenfacebook
The government has defended the way it distributes masks and other equipment to its staff. The statement came after a report in the Apple Daily newspaper which claimed that the police had been given over 13,000 high-grade anti-viral masks recently, compared to 250 for the Department of Health. Danny Gitting is a regular RTHK contributor and legal academic. Mike Weeks asked him what he made of this mask row:
Financial chief warns of record deficit ahead   Listenfacebook
The Financial Secretary, Paul Chan, says he expects the deficit in government finances for the next fiscal year to be the highest Hong Kong has ever recorded. Timmy Sung has the details:
US pushes back against Huawei at Munich Security Conference   Listenfacebook
The annual Munich Security Conference this weekend has seen heated discussions over the role the world's three most powerful nations are playing and whether they are a force for good or bad. This came after the German President, Frank-Walter Steinmeir, said in opening the conference that the US, Russia and China have between them made the world a more dangerous place. Mike Weeks asked RTHK’s Washington-based correspondent, Barry Wood, what Steinmeir meant by his comment: