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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

2020-05-15
Friday

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Source of Covid-19 family cluster remains a mystery  Listenfacebook
Health officials are trying to trace customers of a Tsuen Wan watch repair shop, after the owner was confirmed on Thursday to have Covid-19. His wife and their five-year-old granddaughter were diagnosed to have the disease the day before, ending Hong Kong's more than three-week streak apparently free of local transmission. But most worryingly, the source of the family's infection is still unknown, as Candice Wong reports:
Recovered coronavirus patients complain about lack of help  Listenfacebook
Two former Covid-19 patients have come forward with an account of their struggles after apparently recovering from the disease. As Jimmy Choi reports, they say they're getting inadequate medical and financial help:
Budget approval clears way for coronavirus handout  Listenfacebook
The Legislative Council has approved the government's budget, despite misgivings by the pan-democrats over a huge increase in funding for the police and pay rises for members of Carrie Lam's administration. The approval sets the stage for most Hong Kong people to receive a HK$10,000 handout by the end of August. Jimmy Choi reports:
People want to see $10,000 handout as soon as possible: Wu Chi-wai  Listenfacebook
The approval of the budget not only allows the government to make good on its pledge to give Hong Kong residents HK$10,000 to help them through the health-driven economic crisis, it also clears the way for passage of a number of bills ahead of the end of the term of this Legislative Council in July. However, tensions are building over the scrutiny of some of the proposed legislation, including the e-cigarette ban and the controversial national anthem bill. Democratic Party chairman, Wu Chi-wai, has concerns about how quickly the cash handout can be processed. Mike Weeks asked him if the arrangement at the moment is that people can start applying for it from next month:
IPCC report on policing of protests set for release  Listenfacebook
The Independent Police Complaints Council will release a long-awaited report on Friday on the policing of months of anti-government unrest. It focusses particularly on incidents last summer that led to a spiralling escalation of violence, such as the Yuen Long station attack. Timmy Sung has the details:
Ocean Park urged to plan for the future of its animals  Listenfacebook
Animal-rights groups say Ocean Park needs to ensure the 7,500 animals it keeps remain in good hands, with or without HK$5.4 billion in emergency funding that will be discussed by legislators on Friday. The government has warned that the theme park could go out of business next month if lawmakers reject the funding request. Concerns have been raised about the future of the animals, and activists say Ocean Park needs to come up with a comprehensive plan as soon as possible. Viena Mak, from the Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society, told Janice Wong the existing animals should be “the last batch of prisoners in the park”:
Glucose test may help diagnose Alzheimer’s much earlier  Listenfacebook
Researchers at City University say they may have come up with a way to diagnose Alzheimer's disease as early as ten years before any symptoms show. Their research on mice shows that those with the degenerative brain disorder process glucose very differently than their healthy counterparts. Scientists say if human trials back this up, cases could be identified much earlier, which would be hugely beneficial to Alzheimer’s patients. An associate professor in City University's Department of Biomedical Engineering, Kannie Chan, told RTHK's Joanne Wong more about their research on mice:
Project launched to map HK’s genetic make up  Listenfacebook
The government has launched a HK$1.2 billion project to start setting up a genomic database for Hong Kong, which promises to give rise to better tests and treatment for rare diseases and even cancers. Authorities aim to start mapping the genetic make up of 2,000 people in a pilot project next year, before expanding this to 18,000 people over six years. It's hoped the data will give scientists better insights on how to combat diseases that Hong Kong people are most prone to. Professor Raymond Liang chairs the government-appointed steering committee on the future of genomic medicine. He spoke to Ben Tse about the benefits of the project: