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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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Chungking Mansions at the centre of new coronavirus alarm   Listenfacebook
Staff and guests at a ChungKing Mansions hostel may face quarantine after a guest from West Africa tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday. He also visited the nearby Kowloon Mosque, which has now been closed for the time being. The number of confirmed infections in Hong Kong jumped to 157 on Monday, with all but one of the new cases having recently arrived or travelled outside of the city. Candice Wong reports:
Views mixed on need for visitor ban   Listenfacebook
Calls are growing for the government to ban all non-Hong Kong residents arriving from countries where there have been major outbreaks of Covid-19. Thousands of students and other people are expected to return to the SAR before a mandatory 14-day quarantine is imposed on all travellers from the US and Britain on Thursday. University of Hong Kong microbiologist Ho Pak-leung expects this to bring a surge in coronavirus cases that hospitals here may not be able to handle. But Allan Zeman, who is a member of the Airport Authority Board, believes closing the airport to everyone except Hong Kong residents would be a mistake. The chairman of the Lan Kwai Fong Group told Mike Weeks that the quarantine measures are enough:
Money no object for some who want to get their kids home   Listenfacebook
Parents of students studying in the UK are pulling out all the stops to try to get their children back home before a mandatory 14-day quarantine is imposed on all travellers from Britain and Ireland on Thursday. As Joanne Wong reports, all direct flights over the next couple of days were quickly booked up, so some people had to come up with alternative solutions:
More Hubei rescue flights planned   Listenfacebook
The government has announced plans to charter more flights next week to evacuate hundreds of Hong Kong people still stranded in Hubei province, where Covid-19 first broke out late last year. The Federation of Trade Unions (FTU) hopes the government will be able to bring people back from the more remote areas of the province as well cities outside the Hubei capital, Wuhan. It also revealed that it's received requests for help from Hong Kong students in Britain, who would either like to return home or get more assistance. Ian Pooler spoke to FTU lawmaker Alice Mak, and asked her first about the situation in Hubei:
Government to charge for quarantine stays   Listenfacebook
People placed into government quarantine centres after returning from the mainland will be charged HK$200 a day for room and board starting from Tuesday. The news was announced as officials scramble to free up space at the centres, which are nearly full. The authorities also warned about abuse of the quarantine system, as Wendy Wong reports: