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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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Wuhan virus could be human transmissible   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong and mainland authorities say it's "possible" that the new Wuhan coronavirus is spreading from person to person. They cited the case of a woman, suspected to have caught the disease from her husband who works at the wet market in Wuhan, at the centre of the viral pneumonia outbreak. Five more people were isolated in Hong Kong on Wednesday after falling ill following trips to the Hubei capital. But so far, no cases of the new coronavirus have been confirmed here. Candice Wong reports:
HK ‘needs’ to do more to keep Wuhan virus at bay   Listenfacebook
Former health bureau political assistant Yan Chan has urged the Hong Kong government to expand surveillance for the Wuhan virus to all people who fall sick after trips to the mainland, not just visitors to the city on the Yangtze River. The pro-government lawmaker made the call after Hong Kong health officials said on Wednesday that their mainland counterparts had been unable to rule out human-to-human transmission of the new coronavirus. Health services lawmaker Joseph Lee told Janice Wong the team that visited Wuhan doesn’t seem to have come back with too much news that’s new:
Police ‘keeping options open’ on stun guns   Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Security, John Lee, has talked up the benefits of non-lethal weapons amid reports that police are looking to procure tasers and net guns. While the minister didn't explicitly confirm the reports, he told lawmakers that the police would look at any equipment that can help them enforce the law, and reduce the risk of injuries. More from Damon Pang:
Loss of Chinese New Year fireworks another blow to tourism   Listenfacebook
The number of visitors to Hong Kong dropped by just over 14 percent last year to 55.9 million. In the first half of 2019, tourist numbers looked like swamping 2018's 66.1 million, as arrivals rose nearly 14 percent from the year before. But the huge protests that started in June began to take their toll in July, and worsened in the following months. Visitor numbers fell by just over 39 percent in the second half of the year. Things don't look like getting better any time soon, with the government now calling off the fireworks display to usher in the year of the rat because of safety concerns. Violet Wong has that story:
HKU committee on Benny Tai brings out alumni protesters   Listenfacebook
There's renewed debate about the fate of Professor Benny Tai at the University of Hong Kong. Dozens of alumni held a rally on Wednesday to denounce what they see as an attempt to sack the law professor. They voiced opposition to the setting up of a university committee that would decide the future of the Occupy co-founder at HKU, when his appeal against his conviction and jail sentence over the 2014 civil-disobedience movement is still pending. The deputy convenor of Hong Kong University’s Alumni Concern Group, Mak Tung-wing, helped organise the rally. Ian Pooler asked him about the committee’s assertion that it’s only studying the facts of Tai's charges to prepare a report for the consideration of the HKU senate and that they are sticking to procedures:
Salt alert sounded over ‘siu mei, lou mei’   Listenfacebook
The Consumer Council has found excessive amounts of salt in a third of the 100 samples of roasted or braised meat it tested from restaurants and shops. The sodium content of one roast pork lunch box was 20 percent higher than the WHO's recommended daily limit, as Jimmy Choi reports: