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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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Covid-19 cases jump before HK expands quarantine order  Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong government launched a global quarantine programme to try to halt the spread of Covid-19 on Thursday. But just before the mandatory isolation measures for arrivals from outside the country took effect, the SAR shattered its daily record for new coronavirus cases. Twenty-five people were confirmed to have the respiratory disease on Wednesday – two and half times the previous high for a single day – raising the total number of infections in the city to 192. Candice Wong has the details:
Smart bracelets deployed to monitor new arrivals  Listenfacebook
People flying into Hong Kong, who don’t comply with the new quarantine measures or lie on their health declaration forms, face up to six months in prison and a fine of HK$25,000. As Cecil Wong reports, those facing two weeks of self-imposed isolation are being issued with monitoring bracelets to make sure they don't violate the order:
Medical experts withdraw defence of ‘Wuhan virus’ tag  Listenfacebook
Two prominent University of Hong Kong microbiologists have retracted a newspaper article they co-wrote sharply criticising the practice on the mainland of consuming wild game. In the column, published on Wednesday, they also defended the use of the term 'Wuhan virus' to describe the new respiratory disease that first surfaced in the Hubei capital. Robert Kemp has the story:
HK government caught out by China’s expulsion of US reporters  Listenfacebook
The US President, Donald Trump, has criticised Beijing's decision to expel journalists from three major US newspapers, as the two nations spar over the coronavirus outbreak. The reporters from The New York Times, Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal working in China were told on Wednesday to hand back their credentials within 10 days. The order also prevents them from working in Hong Kong and Macau. Pro-government lawmakers have played down accusations that this violates Hong Kong’s Basic Law and the One Country Two Systems principle. So are they right? Mike Weeks asked Jean-Pierre Cabestan – a professor in International Studies at the Baptist University and an associate at the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China:
MTR ordered to hand over Prince Edward CCTV footage  Listenfacebook
The High Court has ordered the MTR Corporation to hand over several hours of surveillance footage from Prince Edward station on the night of August 31, 2019 to a student leader. He was among those beaten and arrested when police stormed into the station that night, and is planning to sue the force. Candice Wong reports: