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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
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RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Presenter:
Mike Weeks and Ian Pooler

2020-03-20
Friday

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Lan Kwai Fong at the centre of Covid-19 cluster  Listenfacebook
Coronavirus cases in Hong Kong have passed the 200 mark after 16 more people were confirmed to have the disease on Thursday. Many of them had recently returned from overseas, but there's also a cluster of cases centered on bars and a Pure Fitness gym in Lan Kwai Fong. Pure Fitness has now shut the three gyms visited by two of the new patients for 14 days. Timmy Sung has the details:
Bars and restaurants ‘perfect’ for spreading coronavirus  Listenfacebook
Civic Party lawmaker and medical doctor Kwok Ka-ki says Hong Kong’s catering industry should be taking steps to encourage social distancing during the pandemic, such as promoting takeaway meals. With five Covid-19 infections linked to the Lan Kwai Fong bar area in Central, Ian Pooler asked Kwok whether people here are taking the threat of the coronavirus seriously enough:
Virus testing centres open near airport  Listenfacebook
The Hospital Authority has opened temporary testing centres for new arrivals with symptoms of Covid-19 at AsiaWorld-Expo and the North Lantau Hospital. Both are close to the airport, as Robert Kemp reports:
New quarantine measures go smoothly on first day   Listenfacebook
Passengers arriving at the airport said procedures for the mandatory-quarantine measures that took effect on Thursday were mostly smooth. Officials earlier warned of long queues because of an influx of people returning to Hong Kong. Damon Pang reports:
Hotel rooms ‘should be used’ for self-isolation  Listenfacebook
The government is being urged to isolate people returning to Hong Kong from overseas in the city's empty hotel rooms in order to prevent them from infecting members of their families. A public health expert has thrown his support behind the idea, and political parties say some hotels are willing to lend a hand. Richard Pyne has more:
Equality watchdog looks into ‘serve no mainlanders’ cases  Listenfacebook
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has received almost 600 complaints and enquiries about restaurants refusing to serve people from the mainland or discriminating against them in other ways. Some hotels have also been in the firing line for turning mainland guests away. Mike Weeks asked the head of the EOC, Ricky Chu, if the fact that the mainland until recently presented the biggest coronavirus threat to Hong Kong made this discrimination understandable: