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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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Schools to remain closed until Easter at least   Listenfacebook
Schools will remain closed for another month as Hong Kong continues to see a steady rise in coronavirus infections. They won’t now re-open until April 20 at the earliest. Classes have been suspended since the Lunar New Year holiday but the public DSE exams will, for the most part, proceed as planned, with all candidates required to wear face masks. Damon Pang reports:
Jockey Club member becomes 85th Covid-19 case   Listenfacebook
A woman who lives in Tai Hang was confirmed to have Covid-19 late Tuesday night, Hong Kong's 85th known infection. The 60-year-old is a member of the Jockey Club, which has now closed facilities she'd recently used at its Happy Valley clubhouse, including the gym. Some staff have also been told to self-quarantine. Earlier in the day, three other people were confirmed to have the coronavirus, including an MTR station employee. Candice Wong reports:
Cult members tested as Korea battles coronavirus   Listenfacebook
A senior official from the World Health Organisation has warned countries to prepare immediately for the further spread of the coronavirus. The biggest concerns now are over Iran, Italy and South Korea, which has reported almost 1,000 Covid-19 infections, the highest number outside mainland China. They have jumped 15-fold in just one week, and all 200,000 members of a Christian sect at the centre of the Korean epidemic are now being tested for the new respiratory disease. The Shincheonji Church of Jesus is in the southern city of Daegu, where President Moon Jae-in's government is focussing efforts to contain the spread of the Sars-type virus that originated in central China. Mike Weeks asked RTHK’s Seoul correspondent, Frank Smith, what happened at the Shinchoenji church to cause Covid-19 to spread like wildfire:
Record deficit expected in 2020-21 budget   Listenfacebook
The Financial Secretary, Paul Chan, will deliver his budget on Wednesday in the Legislative Council, where he's expected to announce Hong Kong's first deficit in 15 years. Chan has warned that this year's shortfall - driven by the fallout from the coronavirus epidemic, and which comes on the heels of months of anti-government protests - is likely to be the largest ever. Richard Pyne reports:
Ten-year sentence for Causeway Bay bookseller denounced   Listenfacebook
Sweden has summoned China's ambassador to protest over the jailing of the Causeway Bay bookseller Gui Minhai. The Swedish citizen has been sentenced to 10 years in prison by a court in Ningbo for "illegally providing intelligence abroad". Beijing insists he gave up his Swedish nationality. Amnesty International has denounced the sentencing. Its China researcher, Patrick Poon, called it deplorable. He told Annemarie Evans that Gui was tried in secret: