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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Janice Wong and Mike Weeks


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Hospitals run out of beds as coronavirus cases mount  Listenfacebook
Public hospitals have run out of beds for Covid-19 patients as the third-wave of infections in Hong Kong shows no sign of slowing. For the fifth straight day, the number of new infections was in triple digits on Sunday. But the total was down by five on Saturday's record figure of 133. One hundred more preliminary positives were awaiting confirmation, and the Hospital Authority admitted it couldn't keep with demand. Wendy Wong reports:
Tougher rules on ship, airline crews to be enforced on Wednesday  Listenfacebook
The government has announced new rules on ship crews to stop them mingling with the community over concerns that they and other foreign workers are the source of the third wave of coronavirus infections to hit Hong Kong. Requirements for airline staff and others exempt from quarantine are also being tightened up, as Jimmy Choi reports:
Preventing more imported cases ‘vital’ to containing pandemic   Listenfacebook
From Wednesday, ships that aren't carrying goods for Hong Kong won’t be allowed to rotate their crews here until the coronavirus situation is deemed to be under control. For ships that are bringing goods in or taking them out, crews must stay onboard and can't come into the city. Airline crews will either have to obtain proof they tested negative for the virus in the 48 hours before their arrival or take a test at Asia-World Expo. The government says those providing a sample will have to wait for the result at the testing centre or self-isolate at other designated places. University of Hong Kong professor Benjamin Cowling is director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control. Mike Weeks asked him whether the stricter measures on arriving crews had come too late:
CS urges people to stay at home for next two weeks  Listenfacebook
The Chief Secretary, Matthew Cheung, says the government won't hesitate to introduce even stricter social distancing measures if the coronavirus crisis deepens. At the same time, the financial secretary warned that the recent surge in infections could slow Hong Kong's economic recovery. Timmy Sung has the details:
Family infection highlights the dangers of Covid-19  Listenfacebook
Over the past weeks, Tsz Wan Shan has become the epicentre of Hong Kong's 'third wave' of coronavirus. From an initial outbreak at an elderly home, the contagion quickly spread to restaurants, shops, and public housing estates. It's just one example of how quickly Covid-19 can move. One young man experienced this first hand as his entire household fell ill within days. Wendy Wong reports:
Election hopefuls meet tight vetting deadline  Listenfacebook
Several pro-democracy politicians hoping to stand in September's Legislative Council polls have written to election officials, meeting a 24-hour deadline they were given to answer questions about their stances on issues such as the national security law and Hong Kong independence. Plato and President Xi Jinping were both cited in one of the responses, as Timmy Sung reports:
Consulates close as new ‘cold war’ reality takes hold  Listenfacebook
The flag was lowered at the US consulate in Chengdu on Monday morning ahead of a deadline for it to close. Beijing issued the order on Friday in retaliation for Washington’s decision on Wednesday to shut China's Houston consulate. In between, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pointedly used the Nixon Library in California to deliver a speech declaring nearly 50 years of US engagement with China a dismal failure. RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood gave Mike Weeks his thoughts on the recent rapid deterioration in Sino-US relations: