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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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15 now infected with Wuhan virus in Hong Kong   Listenfacebook
Health authorities have confirmed Hong Kong's 15th case of the Wuhan coronavirus as they warned people to be mentally prepared for the growing possibility of a community-wide outbreak. The latest person to come down with the disease is the mother of one of the previously diagnosed patients, and had been quarantined since her son fell ill. As Violet Wong reports, authorities admit two other recent cases may also have been infected with the new virus here in Hong Kong:
Hospital workers strike over open borders   Listenfacebook
An estimated 3,000 public healthcare workers were set to strike from Monday unless the government completely closes down border crossings to the mainland. The HA Employees Alliance says this is the only way to protect Hong Kong from the Wuhan virus, and failure to act will leave its healthcare system overwhelmed. But talks with the Hospital Authority on the issue broke down on Sunday. Initially the strike will involve only non-essential personnel, but the alliance has warned that it will be stepped up on Tuesday when key staff will take part and emergency services may be affected. The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, has repeatedly insisted that a complete border closure would be 'unwarranted' and 'discriminatory' to mainlanders. But one of her top advisors dropped a strong hint on Sunday that further measures will be taken to tighten up border controls. This came as top experts and others continue to press for quick action, as Cecil Wong reports:
Liberal Party joins calls for border shutdown   Listenfacebook
The pro-business and pro-establishment Liberal Party publically joined the call for a full and immediate closure of Hong Kong’s border with the mainland at the weekend, warning that failure to do so would see the city "ostracised by the world." Former party leader Selina Chow is among those who co-signed an open letter to that effect. She told Hugh Chiverton that it’s not just Hong Kong people who don’t agree with the Chief Executive’s position on border controls:
Lowu bomb a ‘big step towards terrorism’   Listenfacebook
Police said a homemade bomb ‘partially detonated’ at Lowu station on Sunday afternoon while another was defused by officers. The force described the attack, apparently aimed at closing the border crossing, as a ‘big step towards terrorism’ in an ‘ongoing bombing campaign’ by unnamed extremists. Cecil Wong has the details:
Protests complicate battle to halt coronavirus   Listenfacebook
Sunday night also saw more clashes between protesters and undercover police in Mei Foo, as residents continued to protest against plans to convert a nearby lodge into a quarantine site for people who've had contact with coronavirus patients. Mike Weeks asked Professor Simon Young - a constitutional law expert from the University of Hong Kong – if protests like this and border-closure militancy are worrying, as the authorities try to stop the spread of the Wuhan viral pneumonia:
Stocks expected to ‘tumble’ as mainland markets reopen   Listenfacebook
The People's Bank of China pumped 1.2 trillion yuan - over US$170 billion - into the economy on Monday to boost liquidity ias the coronavirus continues to spread. More than 360 people have so far died of Wuhan pneumonia on the mainland. The stimulus measure was announced as investors braced for a volatile session on Chinese markets when onshore trades resumed on Monday after the Lunar New Year break was extended by the central government. Mike Weeks asked RTHK's Washington-based international economics correspondent, Barry Wood, if he expects to see the full impact of the Wuhan viral outbreak hit global financial markets at the start of this week:
Wuhan virus a potential game changer for global aviation   Listenfacebook
Ratings agency, Fitch, says airlines are facing growing pressure from the coronavirus outbreak in the mainland and that the epidemic has the potential for a more pronounced effect on global aviation. Kelly Amato is the agency's Sydney-based analyst. Mike Weeks asked her if the outbreak could be a game changer for the aviation industry:
Second UK terror parolee involved in ‘terrorist-related’ stabbing   Listenfacebook
A man wearing a fake bomb device has been shot dead by British police after stabbing two people in south London. One of those hurt during the incident in Streatham is being treated for life-threatening injuries. The attacker had recently been released from prison, where he'd served time for terror offences. Hugh Chiverton asked London-based correspondent Gavin Grey what happened: