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


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Tougher measures mulled to curb Covid-19 spread  Listenfacebook
The government is considering tougher social-distancing measures, such as limiting the number of people in gatherings, to try to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. But officials could have difficulty implementing the measures. Jimmy Choi reports:
Hong Kong's virus tally crosses 400 mark  Listenfacebook
The Centre for Health Protection has warned of further community transmission of the virus if people become complacent about the pandemic. At its briefing on Wednesday, it reported 24 new cases of Covid-19, bringing Hong Kong's tally to 410. Wendy Wong reports:
District councillors urge people to stay home  Listenfacebook
Medical groups and all 18 district councils have called on people to stay home as much as possible in the coming weeks, amid a second wave of coronavirus infections. Tuen Mun district councillor Josephine Chan, who is the rotational convenor of the 18 councils' pro-democracy leaders, told Ian Pooler about a list of measures they devised, encouraging people to limit social gatherings and not take public transport without wearing a surgical mask:
New monitoring bracelets handed out  Listenfacebook
The government started distributing new quarantine monitoring bracelets to arrivals on Wednesday, following problems activating an earlier model. Chief Information Officer Victor Lam admitted there were inadequacies with the wristband given to around 30,000 people who have arrived in Hong Kong since a 14-day quarantine order took effect last Thursday. Several people were seen wearing the bands in restaurants and on the streets in breach of their home quarantine. Mr Lam admitted the initial system sent out only occasional calls to request wristband wearers to scan their QR codes. He told Janice Wong about the improvements that had been made:
Doctors overstretched in handling home quarantine  Listenfacebook
The head of the Government Doctors’ Association says public doctors cannot cope with the large numbers of people in home quarantine. Dr Joyce Lee says around a dozen staff are working at any one time, catering for some 32,000 people, and those numbers are growing by the thousands daily. Lee started by telling Janice Wong about improvements made at the airport since a government doctor became infected while screening incoming passengers:
Reusable mask to hit the market  Listenfacebook
A plastic reusable respirator is being made available to help ease the shortage of surgical masks during the coronavirus pandemic. Joanne Wong reports:
More stranded residents evacuated from Hubei  Listenfacebook
About 280 Hong Kong people flew home from Hubei on Wednesday on the latest chartered flight organised by the government. It came after a two-month lockdown in the province because of the coronavirus was lifted. Wendy Wong reports.
Poll: 40% unhappy with handling of outbreak  Listenfacebook
A survey conducted by the pro-Beijing DAB party found around four out of 10 people it polled were not happy with the government's handling of the virus situation, partly because of its failure to ensure a stable and affordable supply of surgical masks. More than half of the almost 1,400 people interviewed said they had less than three weeks' supply of masks at home, while some said they would still attend gatherings from time to time. Legislator Starry Lee, who chairs the party, told Timmy Sung about people's grievances: