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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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Health chief says sick trio don’t have Wuhan virus   Listenfacebook
The government will start giving daily updates from Friday on infections it suspects could be linked to a Sars-like illness that's broken out in Wuhan. The Hospital Authority has so far treated three people who came down with fevers after recently visiting the capital of central Hubei province. But Health Secretary Sophia Chan doesn't believe they were infected by the mystery virus, as Joanne Wong reports:
Police deny New Year’s Day round-up was arbitrary   Listenfacebook
The police force has denied making arbitrary arrests in Causeway Bay after it ordered an abrupt end to the New Year's Day pro-democracy march. But more than a third of some 460 people detained on Wednesday have now been released unconditionally. Timmy Sung reports:
Rights observers among those seized by police on January 1   Listenfacebook
The police say repeated warnings were given before they rounded up hundreds of people after cutting short the New Year's Day pro-democracy march and giving the huge crowd just 30 minutes to disperse. Nearly 180 were freed unconditionally on Thursday, while 287 were arrested on suspicion of illegal assembly. The force has denied making arbitrary arrests. But the Civil Rights Observer has criticised the way it shut down the January 1 march from Victoria Park to Central and then set about arresting protesters and other people still in the area. The group's Icarus Wong spoke to RTHK's Ben Tse:
CTU ‘encouraged’ by new year union enrollment   Listenfacebook
The chairwoman of the Confederation of Trade Unions, Carol Ng, has described as “encouraging” the news that more than a thousand people joined newly-formed trades unions during the New Year's Day rally. The pro-democracy unions have emerged since the anti-government protests first broke out in June. Natalie Ching has that story:
Beaten DAB councillors to monitor new district representatives   Listenfacebook
Defeated candidates from the pro-Beijing DAB party have set up a new body to monitor the work of Hong Kong's now pro-democracy dominated District Councils. This was revealed as two councils held their first meetings on Thursday, to elect chairs and vice-chairs. Damon Pang reports:
2019: Recession grips Hong Kong   Listenfacebook
As 2019 drew to a close, Hong Kong was mired in its first recession in a decade as months of social unrest and the bitter trade war between China and the United States took their toll. Major economic drivers - trade, tourism, and local spending - have all hit lows, with many public events in the city cancelled because of safety concerns. The government has rolled out round after round of relief measures to try to compensate but the impact from them is still to be felt. Altis Wong looks back at the past half-year of anti-government protests and their impact on Hong Kong’s economy: