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


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Worries grow over Chinese New Year spread of Wuhan virus   Listenfacebook
The government is being urged to be more proactive to prevent the spread of the mystery Wuhan virus to Hong Kong. Health authorities revealed on Monday that six more people - including a Chinese University student - have fallen ill after recently visiting the Hubei capital, raising the total number of cases in Hong Kong to 21. Janice Wong has the details:
New liaison office chief confident HK crisis will soon end   Listenfacebook
The new director of Beijing's Liaison Office, Luo Huining, says the situation in Hong Kong over recent months has been worrying but he's confident things will soon return to normal under the leadership of Chief Executive Carrie Lam. Speaking to reporters on Monday - his first day in office - Luo said even though his career so far has been on the mainland, that doesn't mean he's ignorant of Hong Kong affairs. Jimmy Choi reports:
Luo Huining’s words raise opposition hopes for ‘a new start’   Listenfacebook
The convenor of the pro-democracy camp, Tanya Chan, has praised the cautious tone adopted by the new head of the liaison office, Luo Huining, in talking about the political crisis of the past seven months. The Civic Party lawmaker told Ian Pooler that although Luo is a stranger to Hong Kong, she hopes his approach might herald a new start for relations with Beijing:
Randy Yu becomes the government’s sole DC chief   Listenfacebook
Islands district councillor Randy Yu has become the only government backer to be elected as a chairman of the 18 local councils. As Damon Pang reports, the head of the Islands District brushed aside any concerns about a conflict of interest in his appointment, as he works for property giant Henderson Land:
Tighter air pollution standards questioned   Listenfacebook
The Advisory Council on the Environment on Monday endorsed government proposals to tighten standards on microscopic air particle pollution, known as PM 2.5. The Environmental Protection Department proposed limiting the daily concentration of PM 2.5s from 75 to 50 micrograms per cubic metre, but the number of times that's allowed to exceed the limit would go up from nine to 35 days a year. That caused many to express reservations during a public consultation on the proposal. Mike Weeks asked the advisory council's chairman, Stanley Wong, why the daily average of the fine particulates is being allowed to exceed the limit more than in the past: