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


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Wuhan virus claims elderly victim near Beijing  Listenfacebook
The first death connected to the Wuhan virus has been reported outside the Hubei capital. An elderly man died of the new viral pneumonia on Thursday in the province surrounding Beijing. At least 17 have died in Wuhan. The number of infections in China has swelled beyond 800, while confirmed or suspected cases of the new corona virus have also now been reported in Singapore, Vietnam, Saudia Arabia and the UK. The authorities in Beijing have cancelled all large-scale events for the Lunar New Year In a bid to contain the virus. The capital's iconic Palace Museum is also closing. Other cities in Hubei near Wuhan were also effectively locked down on Thursdday, while public health announcements have been stepped up around the country. Altis Wong reports:
Health declarations required for Express Rail Link  Listenfacebook
The confirmation of Hong Kong's first two cases of the Wuhan virus on Thursday has prompted the government to bring in additional measures to try to prevent a community-wide outbreak in the SAR. All high speed rail passengers now have to fill in a health declaration form on arrival at West Kowloon; upcoming public events have been cancelled; and schools have been told to postpone planned trips to the mainland. Timmy Sung reports:
Five quarantined in HK, while seven more Wuhan cases suspected  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong health officials say five people, who had close contact with the two men confirmed to be infected with the new coronavirus, have been quarantined at the Lady Maclehose Holiday village in Sai Kung Country Park. Seven people who had some contact with them have fallen ill and are being isolated in hospital as suspected cases. Nearly 60 others don't appear to be sick, and are being monitored. Wendy Wong reports:
Health-declaration requirement ‘too late’  Listenfacebook
Opposition lawmakers want the government to be more proactive in its response to the outbreak of Wuhan viral pneumonia, which has also cropped up in Macau. They want the authorities to raise the health alert in Hong Kong from serious to emergency level; and to set up separate passageways and checking stations at all border points for travellers who’ve recently visited Wuhan. Civic Party lawmaker and medical doctor Kwok Ka-ki spoke to Janice Wong about the health declaration requirement for Express Rail arrivals:
Organiser insists New Year rally not a tribute to ‘Fishball riot’  Listenfacebook
An appeal board has upheld a police ban on a rally on Sunday meant to mark the anniversary of violent clashes in Mong Kok during Chinese New Year in 2016. The localist group, Nationwise, wanted to hold what it called a “Remembering Fishball Uprising” event at the MacPherson Playground in the district, ostensibly to promote local culture. But police refused permission for the rally, citing public safety concerns. The force said the area would already be crowded over the Lunar New Year, with many food stalls on nearby Portland Street. Hugh Chiverton asked one of the would-be organisers of the rally, Max Mok, if he was at all surprised by the appeal board's decision:
Private prosecution sought of policeman who shot student protester  Listenfacebook
Democratic Party lawmaker Ted Hui has filed a private prosecution against a policeman who shot a student with live ammunition in Sai Wan Ho in November. Hui accuses Kwan Ka-wing of attempted murder or shooting with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, both of which carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. Damon Pang reports: