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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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Care homes prove much more deadly for the elderly during pandemic   Listenfacebook
The first official analysis of Covid-19 deaths in Hong Kong has revealed that senior citizens who live in elderly homes are seven times more likely to die from the disease, than people from the same age group who don't. RTHK’s Wendy Wong breaks down the figures:
Government urged to regularly test care home workers  Listenfacebook
Labour Party lawmaker and social work professor Fernando Cheung says carers at elderly homes should undergo regular coronavirus tests to minimise the risk of infecting their residents. He was commenting on the Covid-19 statistics showing that senior citizens who live in care homes are seven times more likely to die from the disease than elderly people who don't. Cheung told Jim Gould the findings are quite worrying, and the government needs to think of ways to improve conditions in these homes as well as staffing arrangements:
Mass screening extended but test centres halved   Listenfacebook
Nineteen new coronavirus infections have been identified among the 1,268,000 people whose results had been analysed in the government’s city-wide testing scheme by Wednesday night. That's a possible silent transmission rate of around 0.0015 percent, or around 112 people in Hong Kong who could be asymptomatic. That's just above the rate that came out last week when a tenth of the number of test results were back. Despite that, the government is extending its city-wide coronavirus screening scheme for three more days because of demand for the free tests. But more than half of the current sample-taking centres will be shut down on Saturday, as Maggie Ho reports:
Working from home blurs work-life balance boundary  Listenfacebook
The New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association has sounded a warning on working from home amid heightening concerns about the mental well-being of Hong Kong people during the coronavirus outbreak. Those were highlighted by its mental health index survey, the findings of which it revealed on Wednesday. The index put Hong Kong's mental health at just 45 out of 100, a failing grade. But this score is actually an improvement of one point from the group's previous study in January, before Covid-19 hit. Mike Weeks asked one of the psychiatrists involved in the study, Dr Mak Wing-chit, if the slight rise was a surprise:
Tachograph shows arrested bus driver was well below speed limit   Listenfacebook
The New World First Bus Company has refuted police claims that one of its employees was driving dangerously during Sunday's protests in Mong Kok and Yau Ma Tei to mark what would have been election day for the Legislative Council. As Todd Harding reports, officers accused the driver of endangering their safety:
Lawyers struggle to provide help to Hong Kong 12 in Shenzhen   Listenfacebook
The lawyer for one of 12 Hong Kong people detained in Shenzhen, after apparently trying to flee to Taiwan by speedboat, says he's been denied access to his client because authorities say the suspect already has legal representation. Lu Siwei - who was hired by the detainee's family - suspects these are court-appointed lawyers. As Damon Pang reports, other lawyers appointed by the detainees' families are also struggling to get access to their clients:
Struggling bar industry pledges to take all measures needed to re-open  Listenfacebook
Bars, karaoke lounges and nightclubs will have to remain shut when mahjong parlours and video game centres reopen on Friday; and their operators are demanding more financial help from the government. The Bar Industry Alliance says its members are willing to take all necessary steps, including requiring customers to fill in health forms, if the authorities allow them to restart business. They are adamant their establishments don't pose a higher health risk than restaurants that have remained open. A co-convenor of the alliance, Roden Wong, told Joanne Wong that many businesses are now struggling to survive:
Tax cuts mooted to woo shipowners back to HK   Listenfacebook
The government is reportedly eyeing tax cuts for shipowners to attract them back to Hong Kong, as the local shipping industry battles the fallout from Washington's suspension of a bilateral agreement on double taxation. The issue came up during meetings between the Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, and pro-government lawmakers on her next policy address. Frances Sit reports: