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‘Overcrowding may have contributed to Pok Oi Hospital infection’ Listen
The president of the Hong Kong Public Doctors' Association, Arisina Ma, has said that overcrowded conditions may have contributed to the first known case of a Covid-19 infection in a public hospital. A 93-year-old man is suspected to have caught the virus at Pok Oi Hospital from another man in the same ward, who had a false negative result for the virus. She said infection control procedures at public hospitals should be reviewed, even as authorities continue with their investigations into the incident. However, tests of healthcare staff and other patients that were potentially exposed have all come back negative so far. Annemarie Evans asked Dr Ma how concerned she was about the case.
CE’s social media accounts are poor value for money: Charles Mok Listen
Pro-democracy lawmakers have complained about what they see as a large amount of public money spent on running the Chief Executive Carrie Lam's social-media platforms. Since 2017, the government has paid 1.4 million dollars to staff managing the CE's Facebook and Instagram accounts and carrying out other duties. Meanwhile, 5.4 million dollars was spent on the office for dialogue which aims to resolve the anti-government protests. The Dialogue Office ran from mid-September to the middle of March. Jim Gould asked Professionals Guild and IT sector lawmaker Charles Mok if he thought we were not seeing value for money from the CE's social media accounts.
'Japanese expected to respect state of emergency' Listen
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to declare a state of emergency over the coronavirus outbreak in Japan, according to a government official. The declaration is expected on Tuesday and will take effect on Wednesday. Once declared, prefectural governors will be able to tell the public to stay at home and request the closure of schools and other facilities. Abe is required to specify which areas will be targeted. RTHK's Tokyo correspondent Julian Ryall told Annemarie Evans what the state of emergency would mean for Japan.