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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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Fears grow of Covid-19 cluster among domestic helpers  Listenfacebook
Health officials are trying to locate foreign domestic helpers who shared a boarding house last month with an Indonesian helper who has tested positive for coronavirus. More than 30 stayed in the same dormitories on Lockhart Road in Wan Chai and in Causeway Bay, and could be infected. They have since gone to live with their employers, as Priscilla Ng reports:
Poor hygiene at care homes helping to fuel infections  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's coronavirus death toll rose to 43 on Wednesday after an 86-year-old man from the Cornwall Elderly's Home succumbed to the disease. Dozens of residents and staff at the Tuen Mun home have been infected, prompting calls for the government to act. As Joanne Wong reports, it's been urged to boost inspections and improve hygiene at such care facilities as deaths among the elderly mount:
Government blamed for poor quality care homes  Listenfacebook
Labour Party lawmaker Fernando Cheung has blamed the government for the lax regulation of private care homes in Hong Kong. He says it’s been a deliberate policy to get the private sector to provide cheap care for the elderly. Homes for the elderly have been at the centre of the recent surge in Covid-19 infections in the city, prompting calls for the government to tighten guidelines and boost inspections to ensure better hygiene. Geriatrician Arisina Ma, of the Public Doctors' Association, described appalling practices and infection control at some of the elderly homes she regularly visits. Mike Weeks asked Cheung if his experiences were similar:
Reassurances offered on qualifications of mainland virus testers  Listenfacebook
The government says all mainland medical workers brought in to help boost testing for Covid-19 must meet registration or exemption requirements to work in Hong Kong as medical laboratory technologists. But it says those providing operational support, do not need to do so. The government issued the statement as calls grow for it to verify the qualifications of the medical personnel it's brought across the border before they start testing. Timmy Sung reports:
20 percent of HK coronavirus patients suffer liver damage  Listenfacebook
Researchers from the Chinese University say Covid-19 caused liver damage in a fifth of more than 1,000 recovering Hong Kong patients they studied. These people were also eight times more likely to have required intensive care than other coronavirus victims. One of the researchers, professor Grace Wong, spoke to Janice Wong about the cause of this liver damage:
Tutorial centres say they are facing the wall if they don’t get help   Listenfacebook
Operators of music, tutoring and teaching centres are calling for urgent government subsidies to help them stay afloat during the pandemic. The Education Centres Union says some 2,000 such businesses have already closed down, and 90 percent of the rest will unless they get help. The union's spokesman, Trevor So, told Joanne Wong that centres need to be given subsidies of $300,000 each:
Pompeo labels TikTok and WeChat as ‘significant threats’   Listenfacebook
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Washington wants to see "untrusted" Chinese apps removed from American app stores. His comments come after President Donald Trump threatened to ban the hugely popular video-sharing app, TikTok. Sean Kennedy reports:
HK-based journalists could be collateral damage in Sino-US cold war  Listenfacebook
Mainland state media have accused the United States of attempting to provoke an "all-out confrontation with China" over the issue of visas for Chinese journalists. Beijing has threatened to retaliate if Chinese journalists are forced to leave the US, and there are worries this could affect American reporters in Hong Kong. AnneMarie Evans asked Keith Richburg, the director of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong, how much he feels the SAR is a victim of souring relations between the two superpowers: