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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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Home for the intellectually impaired quarantined  Listenfacebook
Some 100 residents and staff at a home for the intellectually disabled in Tsuen Wan have been quarantined following a mini-coronavirus outbreak at the care facility. And while overall infection numbers remain relatively low, with 25 new cases confirmed on Sunday, authorities are scrambling to find out exactly how a close contact of a known Covid-19 patient spent almost a month in hospital, without being isolated. Damon Pang has the details:
Government trust deficit ‘driving’ doubts over mass covid testing  Listenfacebook
Top officials have appealed to people to take part in the Hong Kong-wide Covid-19 testing programme that will be launched on September 1. They dismissed privacy and other concerns, saying mass testing is needed to break the chain of community transmission. Health Secretary Sophia Chan called on people to cast aside their biases against the scheme, saying they should put public health and people's well-being above their personal views. Mike Weeks asked freelance journalist Chris Yeung why officials like Chan are beginning to sound so desperate over the scheme:
Soco survey paints bleak unemployment picture  Listenfacebook
A newly-released survey indicates that the jobless rate among Hong Kong's poor is five times worse than official figures suggest. More than 31 percent of those polled by the Society for Community Organisation said they were out of work. The July unemployment data released last week showed the city’s jobless rate improving slightly to 6.1 percent. But the grassroots group says its survey of 330 people earlier this month paints a much bleaker picture, as Damon Pang reports:
Breast Cancer Foundation urges better screening for women   Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation is calling on the government to roll out a detailed plan to screen women for the disease as soon as possible. Officials have said they'll announce plans on stepped up screening this year, but the foundation is calling for greater urgency. Jimmy Choi has the details:
Coronavirus triggers sparrow migration to residential districts  Listenfacebook
The Bird Watching Society says the coronavirus pandemic seems to have led to a shift in sparrow populations, with fewer of the birds in parks and commercial areas and more in residential districts. But the group says Hong Kong's sparrow population seems to have remained stable over the past year, at some 260,000 birds. A senior research specialist at the society, Pang Chun-chiu, spoke to Joanne Wong about the sparrow census:
Trump’s sister calls the US president unprincipled, a phoney and a liar  Listenfacebook
Secret recordings have been revealed of Maryanne Trump Barry, who’s a retired federal judge, saying exactly what she thinks about her famous brother, Donald Trump. The recordings were made by her niece, Mary Trump, who last month published a book that was highly critical of the president. They were released by the Washington Post just ahead of the start on Monday of the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mike Weeks asked RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, what he made of the tapes: