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


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WHO may declare an international emergency over Wuhan virus   Listenfacebook
The United States has become the fifth country to report a case of the Wuhan corona virus. An American man, who returned to Seattle in the middle of last week after travelling to central China, has been diagnosed with the new viral pneumonia. Six people who contracted the disease have so far died, while over 300 have been infected, mostly in China. However, cases have also been confirmed in Thailand, Japan and South Korea, as well as Taiwan. The World Health Organisation will meet on Wednesday to consider declaring an international public health emergency. The chair of infectious diseases at the University of Hong Kong's department of microbiology, Yuen Kwok-yung, has warned that the disease may be entering a "third wave" as authorities are starting to see the virus spread within healthcare institutions and family clusters. Jimmy Choi has the details:
Doctors demand more information on Wuhan patients   Listenfacebook
Public doctors are calling on Hong Kong health officials to provide more details on patients who’ve come down with the Wuhan corona virus. They also want to know under what circumstances medical workers on the mainland were infected by the disease. So far 15 have come down with the new virus in Wuhan. Hugh Chiverton asked the president of the Hong Kong Public Doctors' Association, Arisina Ma, if doctors here are worried by the number of medical workers infected:
Three customs officers killed in capsize off the airport   Listenfacebook
Three customs officers died after their boat capsized in waters off the airport on Tuesday night. The shallow-water vessel, with a crew of five, had left the customs marine base on Stonecutters Island around 6pm on an anti-smuggling patrol. Alex Price reports:
No by-election to replace ousted democrats   Listenfacebook
The authorities have announced they won't be holding by-elections to fill the Legco seats previously held by the pro-democracy camp's Au Nok-hin and Gary Fan. The officials say by the time they could arrange the polls, it would almost be the end of the current Legco term. Damon Pang reports:
Yuen Long attack victims sue police chief   Listenfacebook
Eight people who say they were seriously injured in the gang attack at Yuen Long station six months ago have filed a lawsuit against the Commissioner of Police, seeking HK$2.7 million in damages. They say the police are liable for their injuries because officers breached their statutory duty to protect the public and preserve the peace. Richard Pyne has the story:
Doxxing cases multiply amid unprecedented unrest   Listenfacebook
Privacy Commissioner Stephen Wong says personal data is being used as a weapon by the public against those with opposing views. The privacy watchdog received a record 9,100 complaints last year amid the anti-government protests, nearly four times more than in 2019. Almost half of them had to do with doxxing. On Boxing Day, a policeman held a reporters' ID card on his live-streaming camera, and that case alone resulted in some 2,500 complaints. Hugh Chiverton asked Wong if there’s anything the privacy watchdog can do about doxxing:
Rules debate dominates opening of Trump impeachment trial   Listenfacebook
The impeachment trial of Donald Trump has begun in the US Senate with Republicans and Democrats arguing over the rules. The Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, wants to prevent witnesses being called to give evidence and to block the introduction of new documents. But the Democrats say that would amount to a cover-up. Katherine Gypson is VOA's Congressional Correspondent in Washington. Mike Weeks asked her about Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s bid to amend the rules after the opening of the trial: