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


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Fears grow over atypical spread of coronavirus   Listenfacebook
Health authorities suspect an elderly man with pneumonia could have spread the Wuhan coronavirus to his family, even though he tested negative for Covid-19. They also revealed that a policeman has come down with the new respiratory disease, raising the total number of infections in Hong Kong to 68. The 48-year-old lives in Yau Tong, where a fast-food restaurant cashier was diagnosed earlier on Thursday. She and a taxi driver - also confirmed to be infected - had no known links with previous patients, as Joanne Wong reports:
Second Diamond Princess evacuation flight postponed   Listenfacebook
A second charter flight to bring Hong Kong residents home from a virus-stricken cruise ship in Yokohama has been delayed. The Cathay Pacific plane was due to take off early Friday morning. But its departure was postponed after the passengers failed to get clearance from Japanese authorities to leave the Diamond Princess. They are now expected to disembark and fly back to Hong Kong later on Friday. But 65 of the Hong Kong passengers are now being treated for Covid-19 in hospitals in Tokyo, while people who had close contacts with them are also being kept in Japan. Those returning to Hong Kong are being quarantined at Chun Yeung Estate, in Fo Tan. The just-completed public housing blocks were converted to a make-shift quarantine camp despite vocal opposition from local residents. Police are maintaining a heavy presence near the estate, stopping and searching any vehicles and people approaching the flats. The Civic Party's Ken Mak is a district councillor for the area. Janice Wong asked him what he thought of the Government's arrangements:
Covid-19 death toll tops 2,230 in China   Listenfacebook
Foreign Minister Wang Yi insists China's efforts to control the spread of the deadly virus that broke out in Wuhan are working. Speaking in Laos after talks with his Asean counterparts, the foreign minister described Covid-19 as "controllable and curable". The total number of people infected on the mainland is above 75,000. The official death toll in China as of Friday morning was just over 2,230. On Thursday, Beijing’s top official in Hong Kong accused anti-government forces of using the epidemic to sow discord in the SAR and damage cross-border relations. Wendy Wong has that story:
Political foes come together to slam handling of the health crisis   Listenfacebook
Pro-Beijing lawmaker Priscilla Leung has lamented the Hong Kong government's "weak" response to the health crisis, suggesting that the city could do much better than Carrie Lam. The Business and Professionals Alliance member told the Foreign Correspondents Club that the pro-establishment camp is "impatient with the government's performance", and that they are suffering as a result. Leung believes members of the administration will soon face a reckoning. Former Chief Secretary Anson Chan sat beside Leung in addressing the FCC on Thursday. She said Lam must step down before Hong Kong can move forward. Ian Pooler asked her if she agreed with Leung that the Chief Executive’s performance has been lacking in the face of the Covid-19 outbreak:
HKMA says personal hygiene is key to viral protection   Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Medical Association says it isn't necessary to wear a face mask while attending small meetings of fewer than ten people who are considered healthy. The HKMA's president, Dr Ho Chung-ping, said good personal hygiene is key to trying to keep Covid-19 at bay as some carriers of the coronvirus are asymptomatic. He told Ben Tse that washing hands is more effective than wearing surgical masks: