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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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Nine more local Covid-19 cases confirmed  Listenfacebook
The Covid-19 situation in Hong Kong has taken a sharp turn for the worse. Health authorities declared a "community outbreak" after nine new local infections were reported on Tuesday. The latest patients include customers and workers at a number of restaurants, as well as a resident of an elderly-care home. Wendy Wong has more details:
Helpers face 14 days in hotel before they can work in Hong Kong  Listenfacebook
Visitors have been banned from care homes for the time being as a result of the surge in Covid-19 infections. The government is also now requiring foreign domestic workers to show proof they've tested negative for coronavirus before they are allowed to enter Hong Kong. In addition, it says their employers will need to pay for them to be quarantined in a hotel for two weeks when they arrive. Hong Kong Medical Association infectious disease expert, Dr Leung Chi-chiu, told Wendy Wong the jump in cases shows there might be multiple sources of the coronavirus due to existing loopholes in quarantine measures:
Security chief says ‘someone’ can be appointed to monitor searches  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Security, John Lee, has told lawmakers that sufficient safeguards will be in place to ensure that police officers don't abuse their powers if they wiretap suspects and conduct searches without a court warrant in national security cases. As Priscilla Ng reports, Lee says the national security committee may appoint someone to monitor the force's work:
CE says she will be responsible for any covert surveillance   Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Security, John Lee, was speaking after Chief Executive Carrie Lam insisted that new rules on police search and surveillance do not expand the force's power. She said they are merely a detailed explanation of what the national security law allows the police to do. Maggie Ho reports:
Security law has global implications for social media giants: Charles Mok  Listenfacebook
The United States is "looking at" banning TikTok and other Chinese social media apps. That was suggested by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Fox News on Tuesday despite the move by TikTok to pull out of Hong Kong because of the new national security law. Facebook and its messaging service WhatsApp, along with Twitter, Telegram, Microsoft and Zoom have said they won't hand over any data on users to Hong Kong authorities, despite the threat of fines or even imprisonment under the security legislation. Charles Mok of the Professionals Guild represents the IT sector in the Legislative Council. He was among those who got to question the security secretary, John Lee, about Hong Kong’s new security law on Tuesday. Mike Weeks asked him if he was satisfied by Lee’s assurances on safeguards to stop police abusing their new search powers:
Government ‘needs’ to give clear guidance to the press  Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Journalists Association says the government should provide a "concrete assurance" that reporters won't be prosecuted under the national security law for their everyday reporting. Chairman Chris Yeung said that in the past week, he has been asked by some reporters whether it’s appropriate to work on stories that they used to be confident in publishing, such as interviews with Hong Kong's last governor, Chris Patten, or alleged malpractices and unlawful behaviour by police officers. He said he honestly couldn't give them an answer. Local lawyer Antony Dapiran also told a forum on press freedom on Tuesday that it's very difficult for anyone to advise journalists about how the national security law is going to be applied. He’s just published a second book on Hong Kong’s protest movement. Janice Wong asked him if it’s in the city’s libraries and bookshops: