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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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WHO declares coronavirus pandemic   Listenfacebook
The World Health Organisation has declared the rapid spread of Covid-19 around the world a pandemic. WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged all countries to make aggressive efforts to contain and change the course of the coronavirus outbreak, saying he's deeply concerned by what he called the "alarming levels of inaction." The uncertainty over just how many people will get Covid-19 led to more steep falls on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday. The blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial Average ended about six percent lower, pushing it into bear market territory. Europe was spared such losses, perhaps in part because there's been concrete action from a number of countries there to shore-up confidence. Britain's new finance minister, Rishi Sunak, unveiled a US$38 billion stimulus package to help the UK economy through the health crisis. The Bank of England also announced an emergency 50 basis point cut in interest rates on Wednesday. London-based correspondent Peter Anderson told Ian Pooler this all shows just how worried the UK government is about the threat of the coronavirus:
Woman freed from quarantine is among nine new Covid-19 cases   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong health authorities say a woman who was a close contact of a Covid-19 patient and completed a 14-day quarantine has now been confirmed to have the virus. So have all eight members of a tour group to Egypt, and their tour guide. That raised the number of confirmed cases in the SAR to 129 on Wednesday. Wendy Wong has the details:
Government warned against reopening schools until outbreak ends   Listenfacebook
A government adviser on infectious diseases says Hong Kong authorities should only consider resuming classes at schools and universities once the city has gone 28 consecutive days without a single locally-transmitted coronavirus case. Candice Wong reports:
Kindergarten finances becoming increasingly untenable   Listenfacebook
The announcement by a kindergarten in Tuen Mun that it’s closing because of the Covid-19 crisis has highlighted the financial difficulty facing Hong Kong’s education industry. Wellcome International Kindergarten said in a notice that it will stop operating when the school year ends in July. Janice Wong asked education sector lawmaker Ip Kin-yuen if this is just the tip of the iceberg:
Cathay warns of job cuts ahead   Listenfacebook
Cathay Pacific says it could incur "substantial losses" in the first half of this year. It issued the warning after posting a 28 percent fall in profit in 2019 to HK$1.7 billion. Hong Kong’s flag carrier said it and the aviation industry as a whole, are facing unprecedented challenges because of the coronavirus pandemic. Cathay also refused to rule out layoffs going forward, as Damon Pang reports:
US report raises concerns about elections and policing in HK   Listenfacebook
The latest US State Department report on human rights practices in Hong Kong flags up concerns about the barring of candidates from standing in elections and the treatment of journalists during the past nine months of unrest. It also specifically mentions two incidents at MTR stations that helped fuel the rise in violence at protests, as Robert Kemp reports: