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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

2020-04-01
Wednesday

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Covid-19 cluster raises concerns over karaoke  Listenfacebook
For the first time, a karaoke lounge was at the centre of a cluster of coronavirus infections, as new cases of Covid-19 dropped to 32 on Tuesday. They included five people who partied at the lounge in Tsim Sha Tsui last week. The news was announced four days after tougher social-distancing orders took effect, closing cinemas and gyms but allowing karaoke to remain open. Wendy Wong has the details:
Stranded HKers will have to pay for Peru rescue  Listenfacebook
The government is arranging a charter flight to bring back Hong Kong residents stranded in Peru. But unlike its rescue missions to Wuhan and Tokyo, those wanting to fly out of Lima will have to pay for the journey home, as Frances Sit reports:
Reporting of Covid-19 cases ‘can’t’ be relied on  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, has ruled out lifting curbs on mainland arrivals for the time being, despite describing the number of new coronavirus infections across the border as "very, very low". But a Hong Kong University epidemiologist has cast doubts on the official figures put out by Beijing. Professor Ben Cowling says his projections show there could have been more than 230,000 Covid-19 cases in China by the end of February. Mike Weeks asked him why he believes the official figures don’t give a true picture of the epidemic on the mainland:
Retailers face ‘extremely austere’ future  Listenfacebook
Shops in Hong Kong have suffered their worst sales slump on record. Takings in February plunged 44 percent from a year ago as Covid-19 kept people at home and tourists away. Jewellers were the hardest hit, with sales sinking over 78 percent. Business at clothing stores was down 71 percent, while many other retailers suffered major hits. But supermarkets did well, registering a 12.2 percent rise in sales. The government warned that business for retailers would remain "extremely austere" in the near term. Jim Gould asked the leader of the pro-business Liberal Party, Felix Chung, what he thought of the dismal sales figures:
Dozens arrested on 7-month anniversary of station storming  Listenfacebook
Riot police arrested dozens of people near Prince Edward Station on Tuesday night, after people gathered to mark seven months since the force stormed the MTR station to arrest anti-extradition protesters. Janice Wong reports:
Democrat not qualified to carry on in youth commission, says DAB's Lam  Listenfacebook
The DAB's Nixie Lam started her third year as a member of the Youth Development Commission (YDC) on Wednesday, after the government reappointed her earlier this week. But two of her colleagues on the commission - Democratic Party barrister Senia Ng and former journalist Julia Poon – were not reappointed. The YDC was much vaunted by the government when it set it up in 2018 to advise it on the concerns and issues facing young Hong Kong people. But it seems to have become increasingly polarised as the SAR was swept by massive political unrest last year. Ian Pooler spoke to the DAB’s Lam, and asked her what the commission has achieved so far: