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


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Wuhan virus could be spreading widely in HK   Listenfacebook
Health authorities have warned of a community-wide outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus after reporting three more locally-contracted cases and Hong Kong's first fatality on Tuesday. A 25-year-old man is the latest and youngest to be diagnosed in the city with the new respiratory disease. He sought hospital treatment on Monday and was transferred to Princess Margaret Hospital for isolation. Hong Kong’s 18th confirmed coronavirus patient lives in a Shatin housing estate and had not travelled in the past two weeks. Neither of the other two new patients – a woman (aged 64) and a man (60) - had visited the mainland either. A 39-year-old man, who lived in Whampoa Garden, became only the second person outside of mainland China to die of the new respiratory disease. Timmy Sung has the details:
Striking medics issue virus ultimatum   Listenfacebook
Striking medical workers have issued an ultimatum to the Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, threatening to step up their action if she refuses to meet them on Wednesday or respond to their demand to fully close the border to keep the Wuhan virus at bay. Organisers said at least 7,000 staff took part in the strike on Tuesday, although the Hospital Authority put the figure at about 5,000. Frances Sit has that story:
Lam appeals for ‘change of heart’ from strikers   Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Tuesday urged striking medical staff to put the health of their patients and the people of Hong Kong first, saying critical hospital services are being affected by their industrial action. Lam also sought to address the shortage of face masks in the city by saying government officials will now take the lead in only wearing them when necessary. Jimmy Choi reports:
Move to shut casinos welcomed by people of Macau   Listenfacebook
Macau has asked all casinos and gambling-related entertainment businesses to close for half a month to help prevent the spread of the Wuhan virus. It's also scaling back public transport and urging residents to stay at home. Joao Pinto, from broadcaster TDM, told Jim Gould people in Macau generally welcomed the announcement:
Taiwan bans recent mainland travellers   Listenfacebook
The government in Taiwan is imposing a ban on any non-locals who have been in mainland China in the past two weeks. But the ban does not apply to people from Hong Kong or Macau, as Candice Wong reports:
Beijing complains about over-reaction to Wuhan epidemic   Listenfacebook
The World Health Organisation says 22 nations and territories had officially reported trade or travel-related measures linked to the Wuhan virus outbreak as of Tuesday. However, China’s ambassador to the United Nations warned against an over-reaction. He said measures, such as preventing the entry of people who’d recently visited China and the cancellation of flights, might complicate or interfere with disease-control efforts. Mike Weeks asked University of Hong Kong microbiologist, Dr Siddharth Sridhar, if he believes such steps are an over-reaction:
Loophole means visitors can lie to doctors about their health   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong has already shut its busiest border-crossings, leaving just the airport and two bridges to the mainland open as it ramps up efforts to keep the Wuhan viral epidemic at bay. Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Monday that further measures may be taken and may involve the quarantine of inbound travellers who claim to be in good health. At present, these travellers only have to fill in health declaration forms on arrival. But how can health authorities be sure they are giving accurate information? Janice Wong asked Billy Li, the convenor of the Progressive Lawyers Group: