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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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British PM warns many families will lose loved ones to Covid-19  Listenfacebook
Britain has acknowledged that it might have at least 10 times more coronavirus infections than the nearly 600 officially recorded so far. It has also become the first country to move its response to the pandemic on to what's being called the "delay phase". That includes the option of more stringent measures to try to slow the spread of Covid-19. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the new strategy late on Thursday in London after a meeting of his emergency Cobra Committee. UK-based correspondent Peter Anderson told Ian Pooler what Johnson had to say:
HK told to expect more imported coronavirus cases  Listenfacebook
Two more cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Hong Kong on Thursday, raising the total to 131. They include the husband of a woman who was diagnosed on Wednesday and a 31-year-old man, who recently visited Boston, in the United States, and the Philippine capital, Manila. Medical experts expect Hong Kong to see more imported coronavirus cases in the coming weeks due to the pandemic spread of the disease across the world. But as Altis Wong reports, local health authorities are sticking to their quarantine-control measures at the moment to try to keep the virus at bay:
Leading virologist says international travel is not sensible  Listenfacebook
A top microbiologist says it's no longer possible to eliminate Covid-19 and that it's here for the long haul. Malik Peiris, the chair in virology at the University of Hong Kong, was speaking to RTHK a day after the World Health Organisation declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Ian Pooler asked Peiris if he thought this is unlikely to mean any major changes to the way most governments tackle coronavirus outbreaks:
Antifoulant poisoning Hong Kong seas  Listenfacebook
University of Hong Kong researchers have discovered record concentrations of a banned, highly toxic chemical in local Chinese white dolphins and fin-less porpoises. This raises concerns not only about the health of the endangered marine mammals, but also contamination of Hong Kong's waters and seafood, and the need for more stringent enforcement against the use of the banned substance. Richard Pyne reports:
Government urged to keep Jumbo afloat  Listenfacebook
Southern District councillors have called on the government to step in and preserve the famous Jumbo Floating Restaurant amid fears it'll be removed from Aberdeen. The operators of the attraction, which has served royalty and film stars in its 44 years, closed it indefinitely earlier this month as visitor numbers slumped. However, councilors, after meeting on Thursday, urged the government to take the lead in preserving the jumbo. Janice Wong asked the Vice-chairman of Southern District Council, Paul Zimmerman, why they think the Jumbo restaurant is so important:
RTHK chief defends programming in the face of more protests  Listenfacebook
Another protest was planned on Friday outside RTHK's studios in north Kowloon over the broadcaster’s satirical programme, Headliner, and particularly its recent lampooning of Hong Kong police. It comes after the Director of Broadcasting, Leung Ka-wing, sought to address the ongoing row between RTHK and the police by urging government departments to respect each other and understand that they have different roles to play. Wendy Wong has the details: