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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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115 coronavirus cases reported on Sunday  Listenfacebook
For a 12th consecutive day, Hong Kong has recorded more than 100 new coronavirus cases, raising the city's tally since the beginning of the pandemic to more than 3,500. As Richard Pyne reports, the bulk of the infections were linked to previously-confirmed Covid-19 cases:
Mainland medical team arrives to help boost testing   Listenfacebook
A team of mainland medical experts arrived in Hong Kong on Sunday to help conduct nucleic acid tests for Covid-19. The government says their first task is to help set up a temporary lab, to increase local testing capacity. Mainland media say they have visas to stay for a month. But as Damon Pang reports, there are calls for greater transparency over what they will be doing during their time here:
Concerns over handling of test samples dismissed   Listenfacebook
The government has dismissed as rumour claims that the DNA of Hong Kong people taken by the mainland medical team will be sent across the border for testing. It said samples won't be sent to the mainland. The statement was issued after Neo Democrat district councillors staged a protest outside the Hospital Authority's headquarters yesterday because of concerns over the handling of test samples. But one of them, Roy Tam, told Richard Pyne that was not their only concern with the plan:
Government drafts in Wuhan hospital builders  Listenfacebook
The government also plans to make use of mainland expertise to build a temporary coronavirus hospital. Members of the six-strong team it’s bringing in worked on constructing similar facilities in Wuhan. Frances Sit has the details:
Disqualified lawmakers may be excluded from stopgap Legco  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's sole delegate to China's top legislative body, Tam Yiu-chung, has hinted that incumbent lawmakers disqualified from running in September’s Legislative Council elections may not be able to stay on, should legislators be asked to do so because of the decision by Carrie Lam’s administration to postpone the poll for one year. Damon Pang has the details:
Bar Association says voting is a vital constitutional right   Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Bar Association has expressed grave concern about the government's decision to postpone September's Legislative Council elections by a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Robert Kemp has the details:
Postponing elections for a year ‘discredits Hong Kong’   Listenfacebook
The Bar Association’s grave concern about the elections follows repeated warnings from international human rights experts that Covid-19 must not be used as a pretext to suppress human rights. Mike Weeks asked professor Michael Davis, a Hong Kong constitutional law expert who now lives in the US, what he made of the decision to delay the elections:
Economic activity in Manila on hold again as lockdown returns  Listenfacebook
The Philippines is bringing back strict quarantine measures in the capital, Manila, for two weeks to try to halt a big surge in coronavirus cases. Medical groups have declared the country is waging “a losing battle” against the virus. On Sunday, the Philippines announced another 5,000 infections. It now has the second-most cases in Southeast Asia after Indonesia, and has had more than China. Janice Wong asked Manila-based journalist Alan Robles what the new anti-pandemic measures involve:
White House taskforce member sounds new warning on pandemic  Listenfacebook
A top doctor on the White House Covid-19 task force has warned that the US has entered a new phase in its fight against the pandemic. Dr Deborah Birx told CNN that the disease was widespread across the country and a greater threat than when the outbreak first began. This comes as talks are set to resume on Monday on a new economic relief plan after an essential lifeline for millions of unemployed Americans expired at the weekend. Mike Weeks asked RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, if Birx was simply stating the obvious with her coronavirus warning: