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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 cluster shuts markets down   Listenfacebook
Two Kowloon wet markets at the centre of a cluster of Covid-19 cases have been shut down for at least two days. Ten workers at the Hung Hom market and two from To Kwa Wan are now confirmed to have been infected. Frances Sit reports:
Kwong Wah Hospital infection raises concerns  Listenfacebook
The total number of new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday remained at 80, the same as the day before. All but five are believed to have caught the disease locally. An additional 50 people returned a positive preliminary test. One of those is an elderly patient who stayed at Kwong Wah Hospital last month, in the same ward where another patient was confirmed to have the virus. The Hospital Authority is investigating whether it was transmitted within the ward. Dr Leung Chi-chiu - an infectious disease expert with the Medical Association - told Wendy Wong that delays in testing, contact-tracing and quarantine work are making things more difficult for hospitals and other vulnerable places:
Hong Kong warned against complacency as coronavirus cases drop   Listenfacebook
While coronavirus case numbers are down from last week's peak, deaths continue to mount. Authorities confirmed four more fatalities on Tuesday, all of them elderly patients. That means Hong Kong's coronavirus death toll has doubled in just over a week to 42. Janice Wong asked Joseph Lee - the health services sector lawmaker – for his assessment of the latest situation:
Moves to ramp up testing greeted by protests   Listenfacebook
A team of mainland experts tasked with helping Hong Kong ramp up its coronavirus tests was met by a small group of protesters as it visited a laboratory in Tai Po. Wendy Wong has more:
Habeas corpus hearing on security law defendant   Listenfacebook
The High Court is to consider on Wednesday whether the first person charged under the national security law is being lawfully detained. Damon Pang reports:
Beijing consults more of its supporters over stop-gap Legco  Listenfacebook
Debate continues in the pro-Beijing camp on whether four opposition lawmakers should be unseated before the postponed Legislative Council elections are held next year. As Timmy Sung reports, a top mainland official visiting Hong Kong, Zhang Xiaoming, has consulted more pro-government figures on the issue:
Michael Tien urges current Legco to be kept on to ensure credibility  Listenfacebook
There isn't a consensus among the pro-establishment camp on how to deal with the four incumbents who've been barred from running again for the Legislative Council. One of those who believes they should be allowed to resume their duties, if the term of the current legislature is extended, is Roundtable lawmaker Michael Tien, who's also a member of the National People's Congress (NPC). But a Hong Kong member of the NPC Standing Committee, Tam Yiu Chung, says that would embarrass the central government. Mike Weeks asked Tien why he was not worried about embarrassing Beijing:
Lack of trust main obstacle to e-voting  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's sole representative in China's top legislative body is pressing the government to introduce electronic voting. Former lawmaker Tam Yiu-Chung says the government has no excuse for delaying studies on the issue. He says voting on paper is old-fashioned and vulnerable. He has also called for polling stations to be set up in the Greater Bay Area to allow Hong Kong people who no longer live here to vote. But political analyst Ma Ngok told Maggie Ho that many democracies still prefer paper ballots, even now:
New test to help couples who suffer multiple miscarriages   Listenfacebook
Miscarriages are often extremely painful and traumatic for couples who want a child, and especially so for those who suffer repeated miscarriages. But now, researchers from the Chinese University have developed a genome sequencing test - called “ChromoSeq” - to identify potential genetic abnormalities in couples that might cause such problems. They say this would then allow them to select genetically normal embryos for implantation, substantially reducing the risk of miscarriage. Dr Jacqueline Chung, from the university’s obstetrics and gynaecology department, told Priscilla Ng about the prevalence and causes of recurrent miscarriages: