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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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Hong Kong confirms record 108 Covid-19 infections  Listenfacebook
The government has tightened anti-epidemic measures to try to contain the spread of Covid-19 after a record 108 infections were confirmed in a single day. The mandatory mask rule has been extended to all indoor public spaces, while only emergency and essential public services will be maintained. Civil servants welcomed the news but the catering industry said the new rules must be clearly defined. Jimmy Choi has the details:
Experts warn coronavirus may now be more infectious   Listenfacebook
Health officials are warning that the coronavirus might have become more infectious than a few months ago, as 108 new infections were confirmed on Sunday, the highest daily total to date. The head of the University of Hong Kong's Centre for Infection, Ho Pak-leung, criticised what he described as the government's slow response to the latest outbreak. He also warned that isolation facilities in public hospitals may be overwhelmed, as he expects new infections to remain in triple digits in the coming days. Candice Wong reports:
Free tests available for high risk individuals   Listenfacebook
Eighty-three of the people confirmed to have Covid-19 on Sunday caught it in Hong Kong. Health officials admit they don't know how 48 of them contracted the virus, including staff at a frozen meat shop in a Hung Hom market and three more taxi drivers. The government has now set up facilities around town to collect swab samples from high-risk individuals, such as taxi drivers. Maggie Ho has more:
Arrests made in Yuen Long ahead of anniversary  Listenfacebook
Four district councillors were arrested on Sunday following a stand-off in Yuen Long between police and protesters attempting to commemorate the anniversary of an attack by a white-shirted gang on passengers at the town's station. Seventeen people were also given fixed penalties for breaking social-distancing rules. Wong Yin-ting reports:
Ronny Tong doesn’t see security law affecting judicial independence  Listenfacebook
A member of Carrie Lam's executive council has sought to downplay concerns raised by Britain's top judge that the new national security law could spell the end for UK judges sitting on Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal. Barrister Ronny Tong says he doesn't see why the legislation should affect the practice that's been in place since the establishment of the Hong Kong SAR. Maggie Ho reports:
UK to stop HK extraditions and announce further measures  Listenfacebook
The British Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, says the UK is preparing to escalate its response over Beijing's imposition of a national security law in Hong Kong. He told the BBC that these would be unveiled in Parliament on Monday. The Times newspaper says one measure that will be announced is the shelving of Britain's extradition arrangements with Hong Kong. The UK measures come after US President Donald Trump ended Hong Kong's special status with the United States by executive order last week. He also signed the Hong Kong Autonomy Act into law, and said his administration was treating Beijing's pursuit of resources in the South China Sea as illegal. Mike Weeks asked China specialist, professor Willy Lam, if was surprised by the rapid deterioration in relations between China and the West:
Impasse over EU coronovirus recovery plan ‘no surprise’  Listenfacebook
European Union leaders have reached an impasse after three days of haggling in Brussels over a 1.8-trillion-euro plan to revive their economies, which have been throttled by the Covid-19 pandemic. Mike Weeks asked RTHK's US-based international economics correspondent, Barry Wood, if he was surprised at the difficulty EU leaders are having in reaching an agreement: