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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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Covid-19 death toll rises to 10  Listenfacebook
Two more elderly patients died of Covid-19 on Wednesday, raising the death toll from the pandemic in Hong Kong to 10. One was a 90-year-old female resident of the Tsz Wan Shan care home at the centre of the latest surge in coronavirus cases. The other was an 89-year-old man, who suffered from chronic diseases and was admitted to hospital last Saturday with pneumonia. The number of new local infections confirmed on Wednesday dropped to 14, but 37 people returned an initial positive test for the disease, as Wendy Wong reports:
Warning sounded over mass coronavirus testing  Listenfacebook
The Centre for Health Protection says more than 10,000 Hong Kong people are now being tested each day for coronavirus, most of them processed by two Shenzhen labs. The government has employed them during the current infection surge to examine samples collected from staff at elderly care homes, restaurants and property management firms, as well as taxi drivers. But the head of the Public Doctors Association, Arisina Ma, has warned that the plan to test some 400,000 high-risk people for Covid-19 may end up pushing Hong Kong's already-strained hospital services to the limit. She spoke to Jimmy Choi:
Poor ventilation may play a major role in transmission  Listenfacebook
While the government has discouraged dining-in during the latest surge in coronavirus cases, one expert is urging people to stay away from poorly-ventilated restaurants. University of Hong Kong Professor Yuguo Li has studied Covid-19 clusters at a restaurant and on two buses on the mainland, as well as on a cruise ship in Japan. He said poor ventilation can aid airborne transmission of the virus. He told Janice Wong more about his work:
HK government says ‘US hegemony won’t get its way’  Listenfacebook
Both the central and SAR governments have slammed the United States for signing the Hong Kong Autonomy Act into law. Beijing vowed retaliatory sanctions after President Trump also signed an executive order ending Hong Kong's special status with the US because of the national security law imposed here. The Hong Kong government said it would coordinate with Beijing's efforts to hit back at the US. Violet Wong reports:
NYT moves staff out of Hong Kong  Listenfacebook
The director of the International Federation of Journalists Asia & Pacific, Jane Worthington, says it’s no surprise that the New York Times is moving its digital news hub out of Hong Kong. The newspaper announced on Wednesday that it’s shifting some staff f to the South Korean capital, Seoul, because Hong Kong’s new national security law had created uncertainty and insecurity for its workers. Worthington spoke to Annemarie Evans about the move:
Carrie Lam tells Xinhua that education is key to restoring order   Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, says Hong Kong needs to "reform from the bottom" after a year of often violent anti-government protests. She said this must start with education, but not just in schools. As Timmy Sung reports, Lam said this will be her priority in the final two years of her current term:
Legislature losing its capacity to resolve political differences  Listenfacebook
The term of the current Legislative Council ends this week. It's been a very eventful four years, to say the least, with the future of many lawmakers now up in the air. Earlier this week, the head of the pro-Beijing DAB party, Starry Lee, expressed regret that the legislature has become “a protest battlefield”. She said all sides should be rational and tolerant when the legislature starts afresh in October. Mike Weeks asked Cheung Chor-yung – a political commentator from City University – if he saw much hope of that:
PAC chairman says advice on improving governance is ignored  Listenfacebook
The chairman of Legco's public accounts committee, Abraham Shek, says he feels sad that government departments have failed to learn lessons from mistakes committed by their colleagues. He said the PAC has looked into 21 subjects, and saw the same pattern of poor governance over and over again. Maggie Ho has the details: