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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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Recovered coronavirus patient tests positive again   Listenfacebook
Health officials say a former passenger of the Diamond Princess cruise ship, who recovered from Covid-19, has again tested positive for the respiratory disease. But they say she's an exceptional case and there's no need to test others who have overcome infection. This was revealed as the number of coronavirus cases in Hong Kong rose by five on Tuesday to 120. Damon Pang reports:
Italian visitors among those facing mandatory quarantine   Listenfacebook
In Italy, 168 more people have died from the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 631. More than 10,000 people are now infected with Covid-19 in the worst-affected country other than China despite the unprecedented nationwide restrictions on movement imposed by the Italian government on Tuesday. From Saturday, travellers from Italy as well as three other European countries and the Japanese island of Hokkaido will face mandatory quarantine in Hong Kong, as measures are stepped up to try to limit the spread of the virus. Richard Pyne reports:
Tourism will take months to recover from health crisis   Listenfacebook
An associate dean at the Polytechnic University's school of hotel and tourism management says the expansion of Hong Kong’s quarantine arrangements come as no surprise. Professor Brian King says the biggest impact of the measures will be on airlines which will now be forced to cut back their operations even further. He told Mike Weeks it will take months for tourism to recover once the global health crisis is over:
Wuhan set to return to work   Listenfacebook
Wuhan is going to get back to work following President Xi Jinping's visit to the city on Tuesday – his first since the Covid-19 epidemic started there late last year. Xi inspected epidemic prevention and control work in the Hubei capital and paid a visit to a hospital during his brief stopover. Baptist University China expert, Professor Jean-Pierre Cabestan, told Jim Gould that the president's visit was primarily aimed at showing that he's on top of the health crisis:
Lawmaker testing reusable face masks he developed   Listenfacebook
Liberal Party leader Felix Chung is doing his bit to help alleviate the global shortage of face masks during the coronavirus crisis. The textile manufacturer has unveiled a new mask that he says can be reused and at the very least offers protection against bacteria, while helping to stop wearers from spreading Covid-19. Chung told Ian Pooler that current rates of face-mask usage are unsustainable:
HKJA criticizes CE’s defence of police   Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong Journalists' Association (HKJA) says it's not satisfied by Chief Executive Carrie Lam's defence of riot police who knocked a Cable TV reporter to the ground during clashes in Tseung Kwan O on Sunday. Lam said the police were working under immense pressure in chaotic situations. She also pointed out that the force had apologised to the reporter in question. But HKJA chairman Chris Yeung told Damon Pang that the problem of police targeting journalists has actually worsened: