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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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Strictest coronavirus restrictions yet to begin on Wednesday  Listenfacebook
From Wednesday, restaurants will only be able to offer take-away meals, while mask-wearing will be mandatory outdoors, under the toughest measures yet unveiled in Hong Kong to tackle Covid-19. They were announced by the Chief Secretary, Matthew Cheung, as new infections rose to another record high of 145. Public gatherings will also be further limited, to just two people, as Richard Pyne reports:
Care homes now at the centre of HK outbreak   Listenfacebook
Of the record 145 coronavirus infections confirmed on Monday, just three were imported. More than 80 were linked to previously confirmed patients, including more than a dozen elderly people from a Tuen Mun care home, where a similar number had already come down with the disease. Staff at other care homes were also among the new cases. Jimmy Choi has the details:
Outdoor mask rule sends clear signal on seriousness of the pandemic  Listenfacebook
The chairman of the Medical Association's advisory committee on communicable diseases, Leung Chi-chiu, welcomed the lastest anti-epidemic measures, such as halting in-restaurant dining and stricter mask-wearing rules, which will come into force on Wednesday. But he told Priscilla Ng that the government must also ensure people’s needs are still taken care of:
LKF chief says restaurants have done well in trying to halt Covid-19   Listenfacebook
The catering industry is not happy about the ban on in-restaurant dining. The restaurant trade's representative in the Legislative Council, Tommy Cheung, claims it is being unfairly stigmatized, saying no new coronavirus cases have been linked to eateries for one week. Janice Wong asked Allan Zeman, who chairs the Lan Kwai Fong Group, if he agrees:
Tighter restrictions add to street sleepers’ woes  Listenfacebook
A charity that helps the homeless says the coronavirus pandemic has made it "a scary time on the streets". Impact HK's founder and chief executive, Jeff Rotmeyer, says homeless people have been forced out of the fast-food restaurants they relied on in the past. He also says his group has come across new street-sleepers, who've recently lost their jobs because of the economic impact of the coronavirus. He spoke to Richard Pyne:
DoJ considers intervening in case against Kwok Wai-keung  Listenfacebook
A court has been told that the Department of Justice is considering intervening in a private prosecution against pro-Beijing lawmaker Kwok Wai-keung. Timmy Sung reports:
Labour Party stalwart makes way for ‘more passion’ in politics  Listenfacebook
There are 17 outgoing lawmakers this term. One of them is the Labour Party’s Fernando Cheung. The retired social science professor has been a legislator since 2004, and he says it’s time to go. But Cheung first announced the decision two years ago. Mike Weeks asked him why:
Joshua Wong rejects official suggestions over his election motivations   Listenfacebook
Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong has accused a returning officer of trying to cook up charges against him on national security grounds, to block his candidacy for September's Legislative Council elections. But the former Demosisto leader did respond to the official's request to clarify some of his political views, as Damon Pang reports:
Shipping industry says some crew exemptions should be allowed  Listenfacebook
New rules to stop ship crews from coming into contact with Hong Kong residents come into force on Wednesday. Rotation of crews will be banned except on vessels bringing freight into Hong Kong. Foreign sailors will only be allowed to travel directly between their ships and the airport, or vice-versa, on transport arranged by their employers. The move was announced as fears grew that ship crews were spreading coronavirus in Hong Kong. So are the new rules likely to cause many problems to the shipping industry? Mike Weeks asked Sunny Ho, the chairman of the Hong Kong Logistics Management Staff Association: