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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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US, UK and Ireland added to Hong Kong's quarantine list   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong Health officials admit it's getting more and more difficult to contain the coronavirus outbreak as the number of recorded infections rose to 145. All of the seven cases confirmed on Sunday had recently travelled overseas. Because of this, on Thursday, the UK, Ireland and the US will join the list of countries that arrivals from will have to undergo quarantine. The government is also urging members of the public to avoid all non-essential travel. The latest Covid-19 infections include a couple who live on the Peak and visited Toronto, New York and Boston between mid-February and last week. RTHK's Timmy Sung has more on some of the other cases:
Government urged to step up testing for Covid-19  Listenfacebook
A top Hong Kong microbiologist is urging the government to step up testing for Covid-19 in the community to identify possible carriers of the virus as soon as possible. University of Hong Kong Professor Yuen Kwok-yung said early diagnosis and treatment are important for the city to keep further outbreaks to a minimum until summer when he expects the new coronavirus to become less deadly. With more on what he had to say, here's Violet Wong:
‘No evidence’ community testing is needed   Listenfacebook
Regular RTHK contributor and legal academic Danny Gittings says the government did say community testing would be started if the new coronavirus starts spreading widely. But he told Mike Weeks that so far there’s no evidence of the widespread transmission seen in other countries:
Building design may be contributing to spread of Covid-19   Listenfacebook
More than 40 residents of a Tai Po public housing estate are being quarantined in Fo Tan because of fears that a shorter-than-usual exhaust pipe on the rooftop of their block is spreading Covid-19 within the building. The so-called “wake effect” is suspected to be the possible cause of the problem. A former professor of civil and environmental engineering of the University of Science and Technology, Kenny Kwok - who is now based at the University of Sydney - told Ian Pooler how this effect works:
US interest rates cut to nearly zero   Listenfacebook
The Federal Reserve cut interest rates for the second time in less than two weeks on Sunday to try to support the American economy as concerns grow over the rapidly escalating coronavirus pandemic. The US central bank said the disease posed risks to the economic outlook and consequently rates were coming down to 0.25 percent. The US President, Donald Trump, is a frequent critic of the Fed but praised the emergency measure as "phenomenal news". Mike Weeks asked RTHK’s Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, about this after Trump threatened to sack Federal Reserve Chairman, Jerome Powell, over the weekend:
FS issues warning on February jobs report   Listenfacebook
The Financial Secretary, Paul Chan, has warned that Hong Kong's unemployment rate could have hit a nine-year high in February. The jobs figure is to be released on Tuesday, with Chan expecting it to show a rapid deterioration in the employment market, particularly in catering, retail, hotels and construction. He urged lawmakers to quickly approve stimulus measures to help those in need. Timmy Sung reports: