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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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Pressure grows for rescue of HK people from Hubei   Listenfacebook
A 77-year-old man is believed to be the first Hong Kong person to die of the Covid-19 virus on the mainland. The man was a longtime resident of Wuhan. Hong Kong's Economic and Trade Office in the capital of Hubei Province has contacted his family in Guangzhou and offered them assistance. The government also revealed it's received requests for assistance from more than 2,700 Hong Kong people in 37 cities in Hubei, which is the the epicentre of the epidemic. It has been accused of dragging its feet over trying to evacuate them. The pro-Beijing Federation of Trade Unions is among the latest groups to press the government for action, as Timmy Sung reports:
Buddhist temple virus cluster investigated   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong health officials have entered a Buddhist temple in North Point to investigate a cluster of cases of the new coronavirus among its regular worshippers. They obtained a court order to do so after two elderly women were confirmed to have Covid-19. They were among the five new infections reported on Sunday, raising the total number of cases in the SAR to 74. Candice Wong reports:
Xi Jinping calls Covid-19 the ‘biggest health emergency’ PRC has faced   Listenfacebook
President Xi Jinping has described the coronavirus epidemic, which started in Wuhan, as the largest public health emergency China has faced since the founding of the people's republic in 1949. Robert Kemp has more:
Fears grow of a coronavirus pandemic   Listenfacebook
The death toll from the coronavirus rose to six in South Korea on Sunday, while the number of infections climbed above 600. President Moon Jae-in raised the country’s health alert level to the highest possible. He warned that South Korea faces a grave turning point and the next few days would be crucial in the battle to contain the outbreak. Iran raised the death toll from the Wuhan virus to eight on Sunday as it reported more than 40 new infections. In Italy, the government imposed strict quarantine restrictions in two northern regions close to Milan and Venice, which have been declared hotspots of Covid-19. More than 150 people in the country have now come down with the new respiratory disease and three have died. So just how worried are the Italian authorities about the outbreak? Ian Pooler asked RTHK’s London-based correspondent Gavin Grey:
Lawmakers united in calls for budget cash handout   Listenfacebook
The Financial Secretary, Paul Chan, has responded to growing calls for cash handouts to all Hong Kong residents to help them weather the health crisis by saying the budget he'll announce on Wednesday can't make everyone happy. He says supporting businesses and protecting jobs will be the key. Mike Weeks asked freelance journalist Chris Yeung what Chan’s comments led him to expect in this year’s budget:
Massive stimulus ‘may’ be needed to counter virus threat   Listenfacebook
The head of the International Monetary Fund has warned that the coronavirus outbreak could put an already fragile global economic recovery at risk. IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva told a meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors that "the projected recovery ... is fragile". She described the Covid-19 virus as a global health emergency that has disrupted economic activity in China and could put the global economy at risk. Mike Weeks asked RTHK’s Washington-based international economics correspondent, Barry Wood, how big an impact the IMF expects the health crisis to have on the world economy: