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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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Baby shower believed to be behind HK's youngest Covid-19 case   Listenfacebook
A six-week-old baby has become Hong Kong's youngest coronavirus patient. He's believed to have caught Covid-19 during a baby shower, and was among 51 new infections confirmed on Wednesday. Timmy Sung has the details:
Mahjong and karaoke abruptly shut down   Listenfacebook
The Health Secretary, Sophia Chan, has apologised to operators of karaoke lounges, mahjong parlours and nightclubs for giving them such short notice that they would have to close for a fortnight because of the second-wave of coronavirus infections. They were added to the list of entertainment venues forced to shut down on Wednesday morning. But Chan later gave them just four minutes warning that the order would take effect at 6pm. Beauty and massage parlours, as well as private clubhouses, will be allowed to stay open for the time being, with new rules in place to try to protect people's health. Violet Wong reports:
Exco member says there was no U-turn on mahjong and karaoke   Listenfacebook
Karaoke lounges, mahjong parlours and nightclubs were added on Wednesday to the list of entertainment venues forced to shut down for a fortnight because of the second-wave of coronavirus infections in Hong Kong. They had been exempted when the government ordered the closure of cinemas, gyms and other entertainment centres last week. But Executive Councillor Ronny Tong insists yesterday's move to shut them wasn't a U-turn. He spoke to Annemarie Evans:
Beauty parlours ‘should’ also be shut   Listenfacebook
A former Hospital Authority official says the rising number of outbreaks and Covid-19 clusters in the community show what a critical situation Hong Kong is in with regard to the coronavirus pandemic. Dr Derrick Au says all the stops now need to be pulled out to prevent an exponential rise in infections. Janice Wong asked him whether the current shutdown of entertainment venues is enough:
Police accused of abusing pandemic powers   Listenfacebook
Critics of the police have accused them of abusing their power in Prince Edward on Tuesday night when enforcing a new coronavirus law banning gatherings of more than four people. But the force denies any wrongdoing, as Richard Pyne reports:
Philip Dykes says many barristers simply have no work   Listenfacebook
Like many other trades, the legal profession says it's been hit hard by the Covid-19 outbreak. Well now, the Bar Association has written to the Financial Secretary asking for assistance for its members. The association's chairman, Philip Dykes, told Joanne Wong that many barristers have started to feel the pinch with no end in sight for court suspensions due to the health crisis: