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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
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RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Presenter:
Mike Weeks and Janice Wong

2020-01-29
Wednesday

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Rail links and border crossings fall victim to Wuhan virus   Listenfacebook
The government will shut down cross-border rail links and six border crossings from Thursday as it steps up efforts to ward off the Wuhan virus. Flights, buses and ferries to the mainland are also being reduced. But major checkpoints - such as Lowu and Lok Ma Chau - will remain open. Some experts and political parties have been calling for a complete closure of the border, but Chief Executive Carrie Lam says this is 'unwarranted'. As Jimmy Choi reports, Lam says the measures being taken should 'drastically' reduce the flow of people between Hong Kong and the mainland:
Civil servants told to work from home   Listenfacebook
The government suspended a host of public services on Wednesday as part of its disease-prevention drive. Sports facilities, museums and libraries will be closed until further notice. Courts will only hear urgent cases for at least the rest of the week, while post is being halted. As Natale Ching reports, the majority of government workers have been told not to report for duty, but to work from home instead:
‘Last chance’ to stop outbreak in HK   Listenfacebook
No new cases of the Wuhan corona virus were reported in Hong Kong on Tuesday, with the number of people confirmed to be infected in the city remaining at eight. But the new viral pneumonia has now killed at least 106 people and infected 4,500 in China. Japan and Germany both reported on Tuesday their first cases of the Wuhan virus in people who had not travelled to China. The President of the Hong Kong Public Doctors' Association, Arisina Ma, told RTHK’s Violet Wong that the government needs to do more - and quickly:
Government warned of unintended consequences of anti-virus plans   Listenfacebook
A professor at the University of Hong Kong's Department of Social Work and Social Administration, Paul Yip, welcomed the measures announced by the government to combat the Wuhan virus. But the director of the university’s Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention warned that these efforts could have unintended consequences, especially where people feel isolated. He said this was one of the big lessons learned from Sars, when Hong Kong’s suicide rate hit an historic high. Mike Weeks asked Yip whether he believed the public would have been reassured by the words and actions of Chief Executive Carrie Lam:
Outbreak could slash China growth: EIU   Listenfacebook
The National Heath Commission says all but six of the 106 deaths from the new corona virus that were confirmed up to Tuesday, were in the city of Wuhan, which is now in lock down. Across China, the number of confirmed cases has soared to more than 4,500. That's the human toll of the outbreak. But what about the economic impact? Imogen Page-Jarrett, a research analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit, told Janice Wong that the EIU estimates that in a worst-case scenario the outbreak could knock up to 1.5 percentage points of the mainland’s growth rate this year:
New technology aims to cut injuries and time of tunneling   Listenfacebook
The government hopes that new tunnel-boring technology it's using to link Kai Tak and Choi Hung will help cut the time it takes and the danger involved in building pedestrian subways in the city. Violet Wong went to the construction site for a sneak preview: