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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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Oil crashes into virus fears to trigger ‘Black Monday’   Listenfacebook
Stock markets around the world have suffered their worst day since the 2008 financial crisis in a sell off now dubbed "Black Monday". Shares on Wall Street ended where they started off, down more than seven percent. Similarly huge drops were seen across Europe and Asia as a row between Russia and Saudi Arabia saw oil prices plunge by almost a third. So what is going on? Jim Gould asked Alicia Garcia Herrero, the chief economist for Asia Pacific of investment bank Natixis:
Quarantine now ordered for whole of Italy   Listenfacebook
Strict coronavirus quarantine measures are being extended to the whole of Italy on Tuesday. That was announced by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte after the country’s death toll from Covid-19 jumped by 97 on Monday to 463. The number of infections also rose sharply to more than 9,000, making Italy now the worst-hit country after China. In Hong Kong, just one new coronavirus case was confirmed on Monday, raising the total number of infections to 115. The latest person to come down with the disease is the driver of a businessman previously confirmed to have new respiratory disease. Candice Wong reports:
Senior school ‘should lead’ class resumptions   Listenfacebook
Calls are growing for older students - such as senior secondary school pupils - to take the lead in resuming classes next month, provided Hong Kong sees no surge in Covid-19 infections. The government has ordered schools to remain shut until at least April the 20th because of the coronavirus outbreak. Candice Wong reports:
GPs unhappy about plan to expand Covid-19 testing   Listenfacebook
The president of the Hong Kong Doctors Union, Henry Yeung, has described as "chaotic" a government plan to expand Covid-19 testing to private clinics and hospitals. This envisages private doctors taking deep throat saliva specimens from their patients, and sending them to private and government labs for testing. Ian Pooler asked Yeung why he’s unhappy with this arrangement:
Poor families struggle in health crisis   Listenfacebook
A new survey has highlighted the plight of low-income families during the coronavirus crisis. It found many people are suffering emotionally because of a drop in income and worries about the lack of face masks. Joanne Wong has the details:
Food delivery giants set the pace on sustainability   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's two main food delivery companies have teamed up with WWF-Hong Kong to work towards dropping their use of all unsustainable packaging over the next five years. The pledge by Deliveroo and foodpanda is seen as a "major sectoral push" for the food and beverage industry, as the two companies account for 90 percent of the city's food delivery industry. Peter Cornthwaite is the CEO of WWF-Hong Kong. Mike Weeks asked him what exactly the two companies are pledging to do: