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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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Sick students urged not to return to Hong Kong   Listenfacebook
Ten more people were confirmed to have Covid-19 on Tuesday, matching Hong Kong's daily record for new infections set on February 9. Some of them were students who'd just flown back from Europe ahead of the new quarantine requirement that takes effect on Thursday. That prompted health authorities to appeal to overseas students not to return if they're feeling ill, as Cecil Wong reports:
Opinion divided over new quarantine measures   Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam ruled out completely banning arrivals of non-residents when she announced a global red travel alert on Tuesday amid a rise in imported coronavirus cases in Hong Kong. Some people had called for the drastic measure, but Lam said it was not warranted, at the moment. The mandatory quarantine measures the red health alert brings will take effect on Thursday. Medical experts are divided over whether they will be effective in limiting imported cases of Covid-19. Wendy Wong reports:
Sewage ventilation pipes could be spreading Covid-19   Listenfacebook
An inter-departmental expert group is being set up to inspect the sewage ventilating pipes of all buildings where confirmed coronavirus patients live. This was announced by the government after tests showed that pipe ventilation could have led to a man at a Tai Po block being infected by a couple who live two floors below. Todd Harding has the details:
Unions say unemployed need help now   Listenfacebook
The government is being urged to start a cash-subsidy scheme to help those who are laid off during the health crisis. The call came from the Confederation of Trade Unions after Hong Kong’s jobless rate climbed to 3.7 percent last month from 3.4 percent in January - a nine-year high. The head of the union group, Carol Ng, told Jim Gould that with layoffs expected to accelerate in the coming months, assistance is needed now:
Layoffs ‘still likely’ despite help for commercial vehicle owners   Listenfacebook
The government has started receiving applications from owners of 130,000 commercial vehicles, who need emergency financial support because of the coronavirus pandemic. HK$1.4 billion has been earmarked under the Anti-Epidemic Fund to provide one-off subsidies for the transport trade. The Transport Department says owners can get HK$20,000 for non-franchised public buses and Hk$10,000 for each licensed school light bus, hire car or goods vehicle. Professor Hung Wing-tat is a fellow of the Hong Kong Society of Transportation Studies. Ian Pooler asked him how badly the transport trade has been hit:
Employment agents arrested for scamming domestic helpers   Listenfacebook
Customs officers have cracked down on a purported employment agency, which they say preyed on foreign domestic helpers by falsely claiming it could help their friends and family find work in Hong Kong. Two saleswomen from the company were arrested. Officers have identified eight victims so far and are calling on others to come forward. Richard Pyne reports:
World’s first Covid-19 dog dies   Listenfacebook
The government has announced that a pet dog, believed to have caught Covid-19 from its infected owner, died on Monday. That was just two days after it was released from quarantine. Janice Wong has the story: