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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

2020-07-21
Tuesday

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Covid-19 infections fall by more than a quarter  Listenfacebook
The number of new coronavirus cases on Monday fell to 73 from the record high of 108 confirmed on Sunday. All but seven were locally acquired, with clusters of Covid-19 continuing to grow. Tom McAlinden has the details:
Experts warn lockdown may be needed to stop 3rd wave   Listenfacebook
Medical experts have warned that the government may have to order people to stay at home if the current anti-epidemic measures fail to halt the third wave of coronavirus infections in Hong Kong. Joanne Wong reports:
People urged to stay at home as much as possible  Listenfacebook
Clusters of infections are continuing to grow in Hong Kong, as the city added another 66 local Covid-19 cases to its tally on Monday. Thirty-nine are linked to previous coronavirus patients, including a private doctor in Causeway Bay who's believed to have caught the virus from one of his patients. One cluster involves nine members of a family, who recently dined together at a restaurant in Kwai Fong. Janice Wong asked Dr Leung Chi-chiu - the chairman of the Medical Association's advisory committee on communicable diseases - whether a total lockdown is now needed:
Woman sent to coronavirus ward by mistake  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong health officials have admitted that a woman was sent to an isolation ward by mistake this week after her file was mixed up with another patient's. She spent several hours on a ward with coronavirus patients before the error was discovered, as Maggie Ho reports:
Schools set to remain closed until at least mid-August  Listenfacebook
Education Secretary Kevin Yeung says it will probably be impossible for international schools and kindergartens to start the new academic year any time before August 17, as there's no sign of the Covid-19 pandemic abating. Frances Sit reports:
Unemployment tipped to hit all-time high  Listenfacebook
The unemployment rate has risen to a new 15-year-high of 6.2 percent. Last month's figure is up about a third of a percentage point on May, with another 10,000 people losing their jobs as the impact of the coronavirus crisis on Hong Kong's economy continues to grow. The jobless rate increased across almost all major sectors of the economy, hovering around the post-Sars high of 14.7 percent in the catering industry. Iris Pang, Greater China chief economist at ING Wholesale Banking, said job losses in June were above her expectations. She told Timmy Sung they portend much worse to come:
London unlikely to heed Beijing’s warning against further steps   Listenfacebook
The British Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, has suspended the country's extradition treaty with Hong Kong immediately and indefinitely because of the new national security law. He made it clear in Parliament that this was being done because of provisions in the security legislation that would allow suspects to be sent to the mainland for trial. A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman condemned the UK move, saying the law drafted by Beijing was for the sustained success of one country, two systems. He also urged Britain “to make no more steps down the wrong path so as to avoid further damage to China-UK relations.” Mike Weeks asked RTHK’s London correspondent, Gavin Grey, if Raab had explained why the extradition treaty is incompatible with Hong Kong’s national security law:
Banks vet political exposure of local clients   Listenfacebook
Global wealth managers are reportedly examining whether their clients in Hong Kong have ties to the city's pro-democracy protests - in an attempt to avoid getting caught in the crosshairs of Beijing’s new national security law. Candice Wong reports:
Victims still waiting for justice over Yuen Long station attack  Listenfacebook
On the anniversary of the gang attack on passengers at Yuen Long station, victims have been recalling the horror of that night and have pledged to bring those responsible to justice. They're also unhappy with the police for their handling of the case. Maggie Ho looks at how the brutal attack by a gang of white-clad men unfolded early on in last year’s anti-government protests, and where things stand now: