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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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Isolation ward beds freed up as Covid-19 infections mount   Listenfacebook
The Hospital Authority has started using 400 beds at various public hospitals to house patients recovering from the novel coronavirus, to relieve the pressure on isolation wards. Forty-one new infections were confirmed on Monday, raising Hong Kong’s total to 682. Damon Pang has the details:
Venues could be converted into makeshift hospitals   Listenfacebook
Reports suggest the government is now looking at sports and entertainment venues to see which could be converted into temporary hospitals to house patients with mild symptoms of Covid-19. With cases rising, calls have been growing to use such venues to relieve pressure on public hospitals. Arisina Ma, from the Hong Kong Public Doctors' Association, gave conditional support to the idea. She spoke to Ian Pooler:
Public urged to exercise distancing discipline   Listenfacebook
A public hospital doctor who's been caring for Covid-19 patients has urged the people of Hong Kong to step up social distancing, saying there is no way the city's medical system can cope if second-wave infections continue to surge. Dr Manimala Dharmangadan, who works at Princess Margaret Hospital, says even with the imposition of new social-distancing rules at the weekend, some people are still venturing out to do non-essential things. She told Frances Sit it's time for everyone to exercise self-discipline:
Three jailed for breaking quarantine   Listenfacebook
Three men were jailed on Monday for breaching quarantine orders, with one giving a false address and another saying he went out because he was bored. Jimmy Choi has the details:
Domestic workers ‘need’ more information on coronavirus   Listenfacebook
A group representing employers of foreign domestic helpers wants the government to cordon off pedestrian areas, for the time being, to prevent helpers gathering in large groups on their days off. Benny Lee, of the Support Group for Hong Kong Employers with Foreign Domestic Helpers, said some of them seem unaware of how serious the health situation has become in the SAR. But are foreign helpers really so ill informed about the coronavirus crisis? Mike Weeks asked Eni Lestari, from the International Migrants Alliance:
Help may be on the way for HKers stranded overseas   Listenfacebook
Sources say the government is planning to charter more flights, this time to bring home Hong Kong residents stranded in Peru and Morocco. Frances Sit has the details: