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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:
Janice Wong and Mike Weeks

2020-04-24
Friday

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Covid-19 patient blazes trail around Central  Listenfacebook
Health concerns have been raised over some of Central's best known haunts after one of their patrons tested positive for Covid-19 weeks after falling ill. He was one of two new coronavirus cases confirmed on Thursday - both classified as imported. The 58-year-old, who works in the Hong Kong Club Building, fell ill last month after returning to Hong Kong from the United States, but was not tested until Tuesday. Damon Pang has the details:
Coronavirus-delayed DSE exams get underway  Listenfacebook
Thousands of secondary school students started their month-long Diploma of Secondary Education exams on Friday. The key university-entrance examinations had been delayed by around a month because of outbreaks of coronavirus. Mike Weeks asked Civic Party lawmaker and medical doctor Kwok Ka-ki whether it was safe to go ahead with the exams:
Erick Tsang gaffe raises concerns over Legco elections  Listenfacebook
New constitutional affairs secretary Erick Tsang has waded into the controversy over Beijing’s involvement in local matters, saying its liaison office has the power to oversee Hong Kong affairs. The minister also caused consternation among the opposition camp following an apparent gaffe while speaking to reporters about September’s Legislative Council elections. Cecil Wong reports:
New civil service chief calls for staff neutrality  Listenfacebook
The new head of the civil service Bureau, Patrick Nip, has spoken of the need for government staff to remain politically neutral. He also brushed aside concerns about his move to head up the bureau, the first time that anyone from outside the civil service ranks has been appointed to the position. Nip insists his decades of experience in the government will help in leading Hong Kong's 180,000 government employees. Candice Wong reports:
Home affairs head defends district council cuts  Listenfacebook
Caspar Tsui, who was appointed Secretary for Home Affairs on Wednesday, has defended the decision to cut funding for some district councils, saying there's a need to reserve money for the fight against Covid-19 and the massive economic disruption the pandemic has caused. But critics say the move is an attempt to paralyse the work of the locally-elected bodies that are now dominated by the pro-democracy camp. Richard Pyne has the details:
Beijing adviser says cabinet reshuffle all about political battles ahead  Listenfacebook
A vice-president of Beijing's top think tank on Hong Kong says Wednesday's reshuffle of Carrie Lam's ruling team was aimed at strengthening the administration's ability to fight political battles ahead, including the election of new legislators and Election Committee members. Lau Siu-kai says with two years left in Mrs Lam's current term as Chief Executive, he doesn't expect any more ministers to be replaced. But to further strengthen the government, Professor Lau told Janice Wong further changes to the Executive Council may be unavoidable:
IT secretary urged to focus on areas Hong Kong excels in  Listenfacebook
Alfred Sit, the new minister for Innovation and Technology, says his bureau will work harder to promote new technology developed by local talent. He also said he would use his people network developed during his long years of government service to benefit the trade. Janice Wong asked Francis Fong - the honorary president of the Hong Kong Information Technology Federation - whether he was part of Sit’s network in IT:
Half of all coronavirus deaths could be in care homes: WHO  Listenfacebook
The World Health Organization says up to half of all coronavirus fatalities could be among care home residents. Its regional director for Europe, Hans Kluge, said that even frail elderly patients have a good chance of recovery if they are well cared for. England's chief medical officer Chris Whitty admitted earlier this week that current statistics on Covid-19 deaths in care homes in the UK are likely to be an "underestimate". Mike Weeks asked London based correspondent Peter Anderson just how large that underestimation may be: