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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

2020-07-24
Friday

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Record 118 Covid-19 cases confirmed  Listenfacebook
Another single-day record was set on Thursday for coronavirus cases, with 118 new infections confirmed. All but seven were local, and authorities can't track down the source of infection of dozens of people. Hong Kong also recorded its 15th Covid-19-related death: a 63-year-old man who suffered from chronic illness. Violet Wong has the details:
Third wave of coronavirus ‘very likely’ imported  Listenfacebook
One of the government’s top advisors on the Covid-19 pandemic says analysis of recent coronavirus samples suggests that the current wave of infections sweeping Hong Kong was brought in from outside the territory, most likely by people given quarantine exemptions. This conflicts with the government's position that the exemptions did not trigger the recent surge in cases. Jimmy Choi reports:
Kwok Ka-ki says HK is paying a heavy price for government negligence   Listenfacebook
The Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong, Gabriel Leung, says studies of automated fare payments show most people in the city have been travelling much less over the past fortnight. He said this has helped push the so-called reproductive number of the virus - or how many people each Covid-19 patient can be expected to infect - to below one again. Mike Weeks asked Civic Party member and medical doctor Kwok Ka-ki if this at least is positive news:
Women unlikely to pass coronavirus to their unborn babies  Listenfacebook
An associate professor in obstetrics and gynaecology says pregnant women don't have to be overly concerned that they could pass on the coronavirus to their unborn babies if they practice good hygiene. A pregnant woman who has Covid-19 delivered her baby by emergency cesarean -section on Wednesday, but the newborn has now tested negative for the virus. Professor Noel Shek said data from the UK shows only around one percent of babies born to infected mothers have Covid-19. She spoke to Wendy Wong:
Beijing considers measures to stop HK people leaving  Listenfacebook
The government has sharply criticised the UK for setting out details of the path to British citizenship it's offering some three million Hong Kong people following the imposition of the national security law here. It called the move a deliberate violation of pledges made at the signing of the Sino-British Joint Declaration on Hong Kong in 1984. Beijing said on Thursday it was considering not recognising BN(O) passports as valid travel documents in response. Carrie lam’s administration said it supported any counter-measures the central government is looking at. Richard Pyne has the details:
EU raises concerns over HK courts and freedoms   Listenfacebook
The government has dismissed concerns raised by the European Union about Hong Kong people's freedoms. The new national security law is also a bone of contention, as Maggie Ho reports:
Former top aide to CY Leung jailed for fraud  Listenfacebook
Former executive councillor Barry Cheung has been sentenced to four years in prison for defrauding the Securities and Futures Commission and cheating a company out of tens of millions of dollars. Frances Sit reports:
Sports associations still lax on anti-child abuse measures  Listenfacebook
A new study has found that many sports groups in Hong Kong don't have adequate measures to protect children from potential abuse from staff. The children's rights group, 'Plan International Hong Kong', asked 30 local groups if they have adopted specific measures that could help prevent physical, sexual or psychological abuse - such as background checks, and staff training. Seventeen percent of the groups said they didn't have any of the 20 recommended measures in place, while nearly half have adopted ten or fewer. Dr Kanie Siu, the CEO of Plan International told Jimmy Choi that local sports groups could do much better: