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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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Boris Johnson moved to intensive care   Listenfacebook
The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is in intensive care after his condition took a turn for the worse on Monday as he battles Covid-19. He was taken into hospital on Sunday night on the advice of his doctors. The Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, is acting prime minister while Johnson receives treatment in St Thomas' hospital, in Westminster. Ian Pooler asked London-based correspondent, Gavin Grey, about his condition:
HK’s tight border restrictions extended   Listenfacebook
The government has announced that it’s extending restrictions at the border indefinitely. The measures, which had been due to expire on Tuesday, ban entry for non-residents arriving from outside China. A fortnight in quarantine is mandatory for everyone else. The extension follows a recent surge in the number of imported coronavirus cases. Eighteen of the 24 infections confirmed on Monday are believed to be imported, including five people who returned to Hong Kong from Peru the day before. Timmy Sung has the details:
Unions call for jobless lifeline   Listenfacebook
Nearly three-quarters of workers questioned in a survey by the Confederation of Trade Unions say they have lost at least half their income in the past month amid the coronavirus shutdown. Some earned nothing at all, and about a third reported symptoms of depression because of their plight. Joanne Wong reports:
Government urged to speed up cash handout   Listenfacebook
Lawmakers from across the political divide have questioned why it should take so long and cost so much for the government to hand out HK$10,000 in cash to permanent residents, especially those now struggling during the health crisis. The handout to all permanent Hong Kong residents was promised in February's budget to help people weather the current recession. Frances Sit reports:
Calls grow for Carrie Lam to take a pay cut   Listenfacebook
Several pro-establishment lawmakers have joined the opposition camp in calling for Chief Executive Carrie Lam to take a pay cut, rather than accepting a pay rise at a time when so many Hong Kong people are struggling. Lam is expected to get an additional HK$120,000 this year, raising her annual salary to just over HK$5.2 million. Roundtable's Michael Tien is among those urging her to forego the rise. He also wants quick action on the cash-handout promise in the budget, as he told Mike Weeks:
Ocean Park pandas mate for the first time   Listenfacebook
Spring was in the air at Ocean Park on Monday as its two giant pandas finally mated naturally after a decade of trying. That's raised hopes of a panda pregnancy, but as Richard Pyne reports, there's a long way to go yet: