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

2020-04-08
Wednesday

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All arrivals tested for Covid-19  Listenfacebook
Medical surveillance has been stepped up at the border and the airport, where all arrivals are now being tested for Covid-19. The tough new measures, announced late on Tuesday, will mean some passengers having to stay at Chek Lap Kok for hours while they await their results. Altis Wong has the details:
Social distancing crackdown ordered  Listenfacebook
In a further bid to try to stamp out Covid-19, the government is set to crackdown harder on people who ignore social-distancing rules. This was announced by Chief Executive Carrie Lam, as Cecil Wong reports:
21 new coronavirus cases recorded in HK  Listenfacebook
Twenty-one new Covid-19 cases were confirmed on Tuesday, raising Hong Kong's tally to 935. The figures were announced by health officials, who apologised to a Nepalese family after sending the father to hospital for coronavirus treatment, when it was actually his son who was infected. Damon Pang has more on that:
Wuhan lockdown ends  Listenfacebook
Wuhan has emerged from its two-month lockdown. The move came at the end of Tuesday, when no new deaths were recorded in China's coronavirus figures. It was a hugely symbolic moment despite lingering concerns about the truthfulness of the official numbers. There are also questions about whether Beijing has been too hasty in ending the lockdown of the city where the Covid-19 pandemic started. Mike Weeks asked University of Hong Kong microbiologist Siddharth Sridhar for his thoughts on this:
Government urged to pay workers’ salaries  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, says the government is looking at giving direct assistance to companies, to help protect the jobs of workers during the coronavirus shutdown. Reports suggest this could be part of a HK$30 billion relief package that will be announced on Wednesday. It comes after the leader of the pro-business Liberal Party, Felix Chung, urged the government to help firms pay half of their workers' salaries when it launches its second round of anti-epidemic funding. Ian Pooler asked Chung about current business conditions in Hong Kong:
Tung Chung Line extension to cost HK$18.7bn  Listenfacebook
The government has put the estimated construction cost of the MTR's Tung Chung Line extension at almost HK$19 billion. It will also take at least six years when work starts in 2023. But some lawmakers complained the project is too expensive and will take too long. Altis Wong reports:
Carrie lam hits out at RTHK over WHO question  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive has thrown her weight behind Commerce Secretary Edward Yau's claim that RTHK breached the 'One China' policy by asking a senior World Health Organisation official whether it was considering membership for Taiwan. Carrie Lam said the station can't claim immunity for violating this principle. Lawmakers later grilled both the minister responsible for RTHK and the Director of Broadcasting over the controversy, as Violet Wong reports: