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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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Rescue plan announced for HK residents stuck in Hubei   Listenfacebook
Help may finally be at hand for the nearly 3,000 Hong Kong people trapped in Hubei. This follows conflicting information from the authorities in Wuhan on Monday about whether non-locals would be allowed to leave the city where the new coronavirus first emerged in December. Despite that, the government says it will send chartered flights to the province at the epicentre of the Covid-19 epidemic to bring Hong Kong people back home. At the same time, it's barred entry to non-Hong Kong residents coming from South Korea, where cases of the Sars-type virus have exploded in the past few days. Jimmy Choi reports:
Government accused of ‘double-standards’ over travel ban   Listenfacebook
Civic Party lawmaker and medical doctor Kwok Kai-ki says the government’s decision to ban the entry of non-resident travellers from South Korea is a "sensible” move. But he also accused Carrie Lam’s administration of having double-standards as mainlanders are still allowed to enter Hong Kong. He spoke to Ian Pooler:
Seven more Covid-19 cases confirmed   Listenfacebook
Four more passengers rescued from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama came down with the Wuhan coronavirus on Monday. They were among seven cases confirmed, raising the total number of infections in Hong Kong to at least 81. Robert Kemp reports:
WHO tells the world to brace for a coronavirus pandemic  Listenfacebook
The World Health Organisation has warned the international community to brace for a coronavirus pandemic. It says countries must prepare to use much more aggressive measures, such as the lock downs and mass quarantines seen in China, to fight Covid-19, which now seems to be spreading epidemically in Italy and Iran, as well as South Korea. A former top official at the WHO, Keiji Fukuda, is now a professor of public health at the University of Hong Kong. Jim Gould asked him whether the coronavirus is now developing into a global pandemic:
Postponement of annual NPC session confirmed   Listenfacebook
For the first time in almost 60 years, the annual sessions of China’s parliament and its top advisory body have been postponed. The expected decision was taken because of the corononavirus epidemic on the mainland. There's no word yet on when the so-called "two sessions" will now be held, as Damon Pang reports:
Warming likely to lead to more and longer outbreaks of disease   Listenfacebook
There have been warnings for some time that climate change could lead to increases in diseases. Shorter and milder winters are likely to lead to explosions in mosquito and rat populations, which are often vectors for all kinds of illnesses. Heavier rainfall is also likely to boost water-borne diseases. But is a warmer planet also likely to lead to more viruses, such as Covid-19? Mike Weeks asked Wendell Chan, from Friends of the Earth Hong Kong: