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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

2020-03-23
Monday

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Second wave of Covid-19 infections continue to soar   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong is continuing to see a surge in coronavirus cases with 44 more confirmed on Sunday, approaching the daily record set on Friday of 48. This takes the total number of confirmed cases in the SAR to 317. Richard Pyne reports:
Top adviser warns Hong Kong is at a critical juncture   Listenfacebook
A government adviser is warning that Hong Kong is at a dangerous and critical moment for the Covid-19 outbreak and people should only go out when absolutely necessary. He also urged the government to expand coronavirus testing to people returning from Europe and North America. Joanne Wong reports:
Bars, restaurants, gyms ‘need’ to close   Listenfacebook
A University of Hong Kong microbiologist says the city needs to scale up measures to tackle Covid-19, as the rest of the world - in his view - essentially collapses under the burden of the coronavirus. Dr Siddharth Sridhar says this should include the closure of bars, restaurants and gyms. He was speaking to Ian Pooler, who asked him first for his thoughts on the second wave of coronavirus infections in Hong Kong:
More than 40 in trouble for flouting quarantine order   Listenfacebook
Police are looking for 36 people who've left their homes without permission, breaching the new compulsory quarantine order. Five people have also been detained and sent to quarantine centres - including two who removed the electronic wristbands they're required to wear to monitor their movements. The Democratic Party's health spokesperson, Helena Wong, has added her voice to calls for all overseas returnees to be kept in hotels for 14 days to ensure they comply with the self-isolation order. She told Joanne Wong that she's worried that Hong Kong's healthcare services could collapse if the current surge in coronavirus cases continues:
Greater protection urged for domestic helpers   Listenfacebook
A union representing domestic workers has called for the government to provide more clarity on new quarantine arrangements and how helpers will be protected. The Hong Kong Federation of Asian Domestic Workers Union says it's worried about the health and welfare of helpers who are in close contact with people returning to the city from overseas, as well as new hires who may need to be quarantined before moving in with their employers. Richard Pyne reports:
New York days away from hospital crisis   Listenfacebook
More than 32,000 people have now tested positive for the coronavirus in the United States, a quarter of them in New York City. Its mayor, Bill de Blasio, warned on Sunday that the city is now about ten days away from a serious shortage of medical supplies unless the US Federal Government pursues a more aggressive approach to the health crisis. On the other side of the country, California had recorded 1,400 cases as of Saturday night and 27 deaths. But that's widely believed to be underestimated, because of the lack of testing. The state is under a complete shutdown with 40 million people told to stay at home unless absolutely necessary. Mike Weeks asked RTHK’s Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, what the situation was like in the US capital: