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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

2020-08-17
Monday

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Container terminal operations threatened by coronavirus cluster  Listenfacebook
Health officials are rushing to try to contain a Covid-19 outbreak at the Kwai Chung container terminals to avoid a shutdown of the crucial port facilities. They plan to test as many as 8,000 dock workers, after another 34 were confirmed to have the virus on Sunday, more than doubling the size of the port cluster. Timmy Sung reports:
Government told to stump up PPE if it wants volunteer testers  Listenfacebook
The president of the Doctors Union, Henry Yeung, says the government is likely to find it hard to recruit around 2,000 medical staff to help carry out citywide coronavirus testing, possibly from next week, if it doesn't supply them with adequate personal protective equipment. He said he received details over the weekend about the scheme to get private doctors, nurses and dentists to volunteer to collect samples. Yeung said the government is preparing to set up sample collection stations in well ventilated places across Hong Kong. He talked to Frances Sit about the plan:
Pandemic uncertainty and economic woes could drive up suicides   Listenfacebook
The University of Hong Kong's Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention says the city could see a spike in people taking their own lives as it deals with the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic and last year's anti-government protests. Associate director Liu Kwong-sun says people's stress levels are increasing, along with the prevalence of depression and anxiety, just like during SARS in 2003, when suicide rates in Hong Kong were at their highest level. Liu told Frances Sit the situation may not be completely comparable but help should be provided to those who are struggling:
NPCSC decision over Legco extension ‘very dubious’  Listenfacebook
The Chief Secretary, Matthew Cheung, has urged lawmakers to put aside their differences and prejudices, and practically exercise their duties in the Legislative Council. The pan-democrat camp is still considering whether to boycott or return to the legislature for its year-long extension, following the decision to postpone the Legco elections until September 2021 ostensibly because of the coronavirus pandemic. Mike Weeks asked regular contributor and legal academic Danny Gittings what he thought the opposition should do:
Wolfson College ends its review of Carrie Lam’s fellowship   Listenfacebook
Cambridge University's Wolfson College says it has decided not to pursue its move to review the honorary fellowship of Chief Executive Carrie Lam in the wake of her decision to renounce the title voluntarily. Richard Pyne has the details:
Historic Biden-Harris ticket set to be endorsed by US Democrats  Listenfacebook
The next phase of the US election campaign begins on Monday when a pandemic-affected, virtual Democratic National Convention gets underway. Among those making contributions from a distance will be the party's presidential candidate, Joe Biden, and his running mate Kamala Harris, who'll both accept their nominations. RTHK's Washington correspondent Barry Wood told Mike Weeks this convention will be very different to what we’ve seen before: