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Government to allow gatherings of 50 people from Friday  Listenfacebook
Groups of up to 50 people will be allowed to gather in public places from Friday, up from the current limit of eight due to the coronavirus pandemic. The government says there will be no cap at all for restaurants to allow banquets to be held. But infection control measures will remain in place, for example, a minimum distance of 1.5 metres between tables. And there is also some good news for bars, with the ban on live performances and dancing also to be lifted from Friday. Annemarie Evans asked the University of Hong Kong Professor Benjamin Cowling, who is also the director of the WHO’s Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control, if it is a good time for relaxing social distancing measures.
Unemployment rate hits more than 15-year high  Listenfacebook
New government data shows almost six percent of Hong Kong's workforce, or more than 230 thousand people, are now jobless - the highest percentage reading in more than 15 years. The unemployment rate in some sectors has hit more than 10 percent, similar to levels during the post-Sars period. But the government says it can see some light at the end of the tunnel. Labour Secretary Law Chi-kwong believes the pace of increase in the unemployment rate will start to ease, although the labour market will still face pressure in the near term. Jim Gould asked Liberal Party leader Felix Chung if he shared the minister's optimism.
North Korea blew up an office set up to foster better ties with South Korea  Listenfacebook
North Korea blew up an inter-Korean liaison office building just north of the heavily armed border with South Korea on Tuesday, in a dramatic display of anger that sharply raises tensions on the Korean Peninsula. This also put pressure on Washington and Seoul... as nuclear diplomacy remained deadlocked. Annemarie Evans asked our Seoul correspondent Frank Smith the reason behind North Korea's action.