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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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Covid-19 may be here to stay  Listenfacebook
A third person in Hong Kong has died of the coronavirus. This was revealed as health authorities confirmed five new infections on Sunday. With Covid-19 cases now surging around the world, the Centre for Health Protection is warning that the new respiratory disease could be around for the long-haul, and that Hong Kong may ultimately have to start treating it like a severe strain of seasonal flu. Cecil Wong reports:
Pregnant women returning from Hubei pose little risk   Listenfacebook
A former frontline public doctor, who helped battle the Sars outbreak in 2003, says pregnant women returning from Hubei are unlikely to spread Covid-19 to midwives and nurses during the delivery of their babies. Last week, more than a dozen pregnant women were among the hundreds of Hong Kong people evacuated from the virus-stricken province. Damon Pang reports:
17 held after police raid 'bomb-making factory'   Listenfacebook
Police say they have seized more than two tonnes of chemicals and three home-made bombs from what they describe as a 'major bomb-making factory' in west Kowloon. They also arrested 17 people in a series of raids across Hong Kong at the weekend, one of which sparked a confrontation with local residents. Candice Wong has the details:
Election-year politics complicate US response to Covid-19   Listenfacebook
The number of deaths from Covid-19 in Italy surged by more than 100 on Sunday to 366. Sweeping quarantine measures are now in force in Lombardy and other regions in the north of the country, which are home to about a quarter of the population, as the government ramps up the battle against the coronavirus. In the United States, the Governor of Washington State, Jay Inslee, is also considering mandatory measures to control the new respiratory disease. Over the weekend, President Donald Trump called Governor Inslee “a snake” for criticizing his administration’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. The number of infections in the US rose past 500 on Sunday and the death toll climbed to 21, with more states declaring health emergencies. RTHK’s Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, spoke to Mike Weeks about the growing health crisis in the United States:
State industry resumes as official coronavirus infections fall   Listenfacebook
With medical authorities in Beijing saying the Covid-19 epidemic is now largely contained and expected to be over by the end of April, industry on the mainland is starting to get back to work. China specialist Mark O’Neill says so far 70 percent of state companies have resumed production, although private firms are moving much more cautiously. He also told Mike Weeks that Hong Kong people have reacted well to the health crisis:
Schools urged to start child care services   Listenfacebook
A poverty concern group has appealed to schools to provide child care services amid the current suspension of classes. Schools are closed at least until after the Easter holidays because of the coronavirus epidemic. The Society for Community Organisation (Soco) said both parents of many low-income families need to work but increasing numbers of women have been forced to quit to look after their children at home. Speaking at an event to mark International Women’s Day, Soco spokeswoman Sze Lai-shan said some mothers have become depressed as they worry about how to make ends meet during the health crisis and current economic recession. She told Candice Wong that schools should partially reopen to help needy families: