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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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Visitors barred to head off second-wave infections   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong is closing its borders to most non-residents for two weeks from Wednesday in a bid to head off a surge in second-wave coronavirus infections. In announcing the move, Chief Executive Carrie Lam also revealed measures were being considered to try to reduce social contact and "risky" behaviour, including banning bars and restaurants from selling alcohol. Richard Pyne reports:
LKF head says alcohol ban would put thousands out of work   Listenfacebook
The chairman of the Lan Kwai Fong Group, Allan Zeman, has urged the government not to impose a prohibition on alcohol at bars and restaurants, unless it's going to announce a rescue plan for the hospitality industry. Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced she was looking at the idea on Monday, as she made an impassioned appeal for those breaking self-quarantine orders or continuing with an active social life to give Hong Kong "a chance to win" its battle against Covid-19. But Zeman and others in the industry say a ban would effectively force bars to close down, putting thousands of people out of work. He told Frances Sit that it could be "the nail in the coffin" for many small businesses:
Doctor among 39 new coronavirus patients   Listenfacebook
Health officials say a doctor who's come down with Covid-19 could have caught it while on duty at the airport. But they insist medical staff there have all the protective equipment they need. The doctor was one of 39 people confirmed to have the coronavirus on Monday, raising the total number of infections in Hong Kong so far to 356. Candice Wong reports:
Wuhan officials accused of suppressing Covid-19 figures   Listenfacebook
Much has been made in recent weeks about China's apparent recovery from the coronavirus outbreak, with officials reporting virtually no locally transmitted cases in the entire country. On Monday, mainland health authorities confirmed just 39 new infections, all said to be imported. But some people in Wuhan - where the pandemic started late last year - accuse officials in the Hubei capital of suppressing the numbers of sick by refusing to test people or admit them to hospitals. Timmy Sung has the story:
UK locked down to try to stop spread of coronavirus   Listenfacebook
The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has ordered a country-wide lockdown with immediate effect to avert what he called a moment of real danger as coronavirus cases in the UK surge. Johnson made the prime-time announcement after nearly a thousand people were confirmed to have Covid-19 on Monday, raising the total number of known infections in the UK to 6,650. Mike Weeks asked London-based correspondent Gavin Grey what the lockdown actually means:
OECD calls for ‘unprecedented’ effort to limit global recession   Listenfacebook
The OECD is calling for a huge, coordinated effort to stop the coronavirus pandemic causing a long global recession. Angel Gurria - the head of the organisation which brings together developed economies - said the work needed to be on an unprecedented scale, dwarfing the Marshall Plan that rebuilt Europe after the Second World War. The ratings agency, Fitch, says the world is now in recession territory. That's after it nearly halved its global growth forecast for this year to 1.3 percent, from December's prediction of 2.5 percent. Mike Weeks asked James McCormack - the global head of sovereign ratings at Fitch - if he agrees with the OECD that a coordinated effort on an unprecedented scale is now needed to rescue the global economy: