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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 Ian Pooler

2020-01-21
Tuesday

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Wuhan corona virus spreading epidemically   Listenfacebook
A member of the National Health Commission, who managed China's response to Sars, has confirmed that the Wuhan corona virus is spreading by human transmission. Mainland authorities had initially maintained that there was no evidence that it was spreading from person-to-person. But Professor Zhong Nanshan said this has now been confirmed, with medical personnel being infected after helping corona virus patients. Air passengers arriving from Wuhan are now being asked to fill out health-declaration forms in Hong Kong as part of stepped-up measures against the viral pneumonia outbreak there. But cases have now also cropped up in Guangdong, Shanghai and Beijing among the more than 200 infections so far reported on the mainland. Health Secretary Sophia Chan has warned that Hong Kong may see its first confirmed case "in the next minute". Wendy Wong has more:
HK debt downgraded over ineffective response to protests   Listenfacebook
Moody's has downgraded Hong Kong's debt rating because of the government's failure to effectively respond to the past seven months of unprecedented unrest. The ratings agency also expressed concerns about the lack of autonomy that this points to. But the government said Moody's does not have enough reasons to question Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy under the Basic Law. It also expressed deep disappointment at the downgrade. Joanne Wong reports:
Jobless rate hits near-three-year high   Listenfacebook
Unemployment has risen for the fourth consecutive month, edging up to 3.3 percent. It's the highest level since March 2017 and the longest contraction in the job market since the 2008 global financial crisis. Altis Wong has the details:
Police criticised for abruptly halting approved demonstrations   Listenfacebook
The Civil Rights Observer has criticised what it describes as a new trend in policing of suddenly terminating lawful protests. The action fuelled chaos on Sunday as thousands of people scrabbled to leave a rally in Central. A spokesman for the human rights group, Icarus Wong, described the police decision as "disproportionate", saying officers should be able to differentiate between the vast majority of peaceful participants and a few who use violence. He spoke to Richard Pyne:
Video raises questions about police arrest of rally organiser   Listenfacebook
The police have again defended the arrest of Ventus Lau who helped organise the mass demonstration that the force abruptly cut short on Sunday. The activist was taken into custody on suspicion of obstructing police and violating conditions for the rally. The police said he was trying to make things difficult for officers by asking them to show their warrant cards. They also claimed Lau didn't ask the crowd to leave, even though video footage suggests otherwise. Damon Pang reports:
Roadside pollution ‘needs’ to be tackled to improve people’s health   Listenfacebook
The Clean Air Network says big improvements are needed in the government's strategy for boosting air quality. It said the Clean Air Plan for Hong Kong, announced in 2013, has not done enough to improve people's health. Richard Pyne reports: