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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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Healthcare worker among nine infected in growing outbreak  Listenfacebook
A block in Lek Yuen Estate, in the centre of Sha Tin, now appears to be at the heart of Hong Kong's biggest outbreak of Covid-19 in weeks. Health officials have said they won’t evacuate Luk Chuen House, despite six people who live there testing positive for the coronavirus. Four residents of the block are said to have returned positive preliminary tests, after a couple came down with the virus at the weekend. Three other people were also confirmed to have Covid-19 on Monday: two co-workers of the woman and the paramedic who took her to hospital. Wendy Wong reports:
Infectious diseases chief says Covid source could be imported goods  Listenfacebook
Professor Ivan Hung is the Chief of the Infectious Diseases Division of the University of Hong Kong's Faculty of Medicine. He told RTHK he expects to see small clusters of infections like this continue until winter, when the annual flu season could make the situation worse. Annemarie Evans asked him what he thought might be the source of the latest infections:
FS accused of over optimism on HK’s economic prospects  Listenfacebook
The Financial Secretary, Paul Chan, has sought to offer assurances about the local economy following President Trump's threat to scrap Hong Kong's special trade status because of Beijing's decision to introduce national security laws here. He ruled out downgrading this year’s growth forecast further, at least for now, expressing optimism that the economy would rebound in the second half of 2020. Chan also told the Legislative Council's financial affairs panel that the government is well-equipped to defend Hong Kong's US dollar currency peg. The panel’s deputy chairman, opposition legislator Kenneth Leung, gave Janice Wong his thoughts on what the financial secretary had to say:
Uncertainty over security law main concern of HK business   Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce (GCC) has urged the government to do more to allay international concerns over Beijing’s plan to impose a national security law on the SAR. The chamber said more than half of its members are not too concerned about the bill and actually believe it will do Hong Kong good in the long run, but they are worried about possible sanctions that the US and other countries might impose on the city. The GCC’s chief executive, George Leung, told Priscilla Ng more about its members’ views:
People look for alternatives to commemorate June 4th  Listenfacebook
The police have, for the first time, banned the annual candlelight vigil marking the anniversary of the massacre of pro-democracy protesters In Beijing and elsewhere in China on June 4, 1989. In a letter issued to the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, the force said it has objected to the planned gathering in Victoria Park because social1-distancing measures are still in place. The alliance has called on people to light candles across Hong Kong instead. But June 4 commemorations are also increasingly happening online, especially during this coronavirus outbreak. Maggie Ho reports:
Coronavirus adding to West Kowloon Cultural District challenges  Listenfacebook
Lawmakers have expressed concern that the West Kowloon Cultural District could turn into another Ocean Park, with the government having to step in to bail out the arts hub. In an update on its financial situation on Monday, the chairman of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA), Henry Tang, pointed to several significant challenges that were outside its control, including the Covid-19 pandemic that has forced the authority to cancel or reschedule hundreds of performances and activities. Tang also spoke of a "mismatch" in financing, with retail, dining, office, and hotel facilities opening up later than arts and cultural facilities. Hong Kong First lawmaker Claudia Mo said she was "staggered" by the deficits projected over the next three years of some HK$1.5 billion. Mike Weeks asked the chief executive officer of the WKCDA, Duncan Pescod, if such large funding problems were expected: