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


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HK’s economy shrinks by record 8.9 percent  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong has sunk deep into recession, with the economy contracting by a record 8.9 percent in the first quarter of the year as measures were imposed to fight the coronavirus and trade and tourism dried up. Altis Wong reports:
Fitch expects HK to rebound gradually in second half of 2020  Listenfacebook
The Financial Secretary, Paul Chan, is not expecting a rebound anytime soon from the 8.9 percent contraction Hong Kong’s economy suffered in the first three months of this year. But he also said he's not considering rolling out more stimulus at this stage. Andrew Fennell, a senior director of sovereign ratings at Fitch Ratings, says the first-quarter figures were in line with expectations. Jim Gould asked him about the measures rolled out so far by the government and whether they will lead to a pick-up later this year:
Battle looms in House Committee as Starry Lee tries to take control  Listenfacebook
Former House Committee chairwoman Starry Lee is moving to once again take control of the influential Legco committee. It has been paralysed for months by a filibuster by the pan-democrats to stop a new head from being elected. The DAB leader says she'll set up two meetings on Friday: the first to select a new chair; and the second to get on with the committee's business. Frances Sit reports:
HK coronavirus response ‘the envy’ of many countries  Listenfacebook
Health officials say there's no evidence yet the coronavirus transmission chain has been broken in Hong Kong even though the city has not seen a local infection for more than two weeks. That came from the Centre for Health Protection's Chuang Shuk-kwan as she announced one new imported case on Monday. Chuang urged people to remain vigilant, but also hinted that social-distancing measures may be relaxed soon. Professor EK Yeoh was Hong Kong's Secretary for Health during the SARS outbreak in 2003. He's now Director of the Centre for Health Systems and Policy Research at the Chinese University's School of Public Health and Primary Care. Janice Wong asked Yeoh how much Hong Kong’s experience with SARS has helped in handling the Covid-19 outbreak:
Change at Lands Department ‘not’ connected to probe of top cop  Listenfacebook
The head of the Lands Department, Thomas Chan, has been moved to the Food and Health Bureau, to beef up the fight against the coronavirus. The civil service bureau described it as a normal arrangement, stressing it had absolutely nothing to do with recent media reports about senior police officers. The announcement came just hours after a team of Lands Department officers inspected the home of Assistant Police Commissioner Rupert Dover to see whether he and his wife are breaching licensing rules and other regulations regarding the property. As Timmy Sung reports, complaints have also been filed against two other senior policemen over suspected irregularities at their homes: