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


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Concerns grow over temple coronavirus hotspot   Listenfacebook
Two more elderly worshippers of a small Buddhist temple in North Point tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday, as health authorities admitted they don't know what started Hong Kong's largest cluster of coronavirus infections to date. In another development, the dog of a coronavirus patient has tested positive for the respiratory disease. Mike Weeks has the details:
World community urged not to underestimate Covid-19   Listenfacebook
The head of the World Health Organisation, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, says the fight against the coronavirus has now reached a decisive stage. He warned that it would be a fatal mistake for the international community not to take Covid-19 seriously. His comments came as a Wuhan doctor, Xia Jian, also said the world can't afford to underestimate the virus. Xia has spent the last month treating patients in the Hubei capital where Covid-19 first emerged. He said no city in the world could have coped with such a large public health emergency. But Beijing's senior medical adviser, Zhong Nanshan, said on Thursday that he was now confident the coronavirus outbreak in China could be brought under control by the end of April. Frances Sit reports:
Government set for gradual return to work next week   Listenfacebook
The government plans to resume public services, suspended because of the coronavirus crisis, from Monday on a phased basis. That will see the reopening of some outdoor sports venues like tennis courts and joggging tracks. Francis Sit has more:
Bar chief says remote court hearings not feasible   Listenfacebook
The judiciary will adopt what it calls "a progressive and staggered approach" when courts reopen next week and says only urgent hearings will be held initially. The chairman of the Bar Association, Philip Dykes, says a suggestion for local courts to hold remote hearings to help clear the large backlog of cases isn't feasible in the near term because new legislation would have to be passed allowing for this. The idea came from the chairwoman of the Legislative Council’s panel on justice and legal services, Priscilla Leung, who suggested hearings be held via video conferencing, possibly around the clock. But Dykes told Annemarie Evans that's not going to work:
Riot police stood down   Listenfacebook
The police say riot officers will begin returning to regular law enforcement duties, such as crime prevention and traffic control, because violent anti-government protests have declined. The announcement was made after the force was given a 25 percent funding boost in this year’s budget proposals. Frances Sit reports:
WWF says green power more important than electric cars   Listenfacebook
The government says it will look to other cities that are planning to phase out petrol and diesel vehicles when it puts together its own electric vehicle roadmap over the next year. Plans for the Hong Kong's first-ever EV blueprint were announced in Wednesday's budget, which allocated nearly HK$2.5 billion for the promotion of electric vehicles. The EV roadmap will be put together over the next year but the Environment Bureau says it's too early to set any targets for what they hope to achieve. Ian Pooler asked Karen Ho, WWF-Hong Kong's Head of Corporate and Community Sustainability, what she would like to see in the EV roadmap?.