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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

2020-08-18
Tuesday

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Health authorities investigate apparent coronavirus re-infection  Listenfacebook
Just over 40 new Covid-19 infections were confirmed on Monday. But worryingly one of them is a man who has apparently been re-infected, in what would be a first for Hong Kong. Health authorities are investigating, as Wendy Wong reports:
Microbiologist says evidence suggests re-infection is highly unlikely  Listenfacebook
University of Hong Kong microbiologist Siddharth Sridhar says it would be “extremely unusual” if the man, suspected to have been re-infected with Covid-19, had really caught the virus again. The 33-year-old IT worker was first confirmed to have the disease in March and left hospital the next month after testing negative. He recently travelled to Spain via London, and tested positive again after his return to Hong Kong on Saturday. Sridhar told Mike Weeks the most probable explanation for the new positive is that the man still has nucleic coronavirus residue in his system:
Allan Zeman joins calls for relaxation of evening dining ban   Listenfacebook
Public health specialist Gabriel Leung has warned the government against relaxing its anti-epidemic measures. These have been extended for another week despite mounting calls for them to be eased. But Leung – the University of Hong Kong's Dean of Medicine - says transport data shows people have recently been going out more. He described this as a sign of "fatigue" in Hong Kong’s battle against Covid-19, adding that he expects it to lead to another rise in infections in the next few days. At the same time, however, Lan Kwai Fong Group chairman Allan Zeman warned that many businesses are on the verge of going bust. He told Jim Gould that restaurants should at least be allowed to host diners in the evening again:
Kindergartens ‘need’ subsidies to help them survive   Listenfacebook
The Professional Teachers’ Union has warned that more than 100 struggling kindergartens could shut down unless the government offers subsidies to keep them going until face-to-face learning resumes. The union says a survey of almost 40 percent of Hong Kong kindergartens earlier this month found that around half expected to lose 50 percent or more of their pupils. Garson Cheng, the principal of the KMVN Anglo-Chinese Kindergarten, spoke with Janice Wong about the problems they face:
CE ‘proud’ to help safeguard national security   Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, has conceded that US sanctions imposed on her have caused her some inconvenience. But she says she feels proud to be responsible for helping to safeguard national security. Tom McAlinden has the details:
Magistrate rules that couple did not provoke fiery attack  Listenfacebook
A couple have been found not guilty of provoking an attack on a man in Man On Shan last year in which the victim was set on fire. The couple were caught on camera just before the horrific incident, shouting and swearing at the man. Damon Pang reports:
UK exam grade algorithm ‘unfairly penalised’ poor students  Listenfacebook
The British government has been forced to make a U-turn on exam results. This follows uproar after about 40 percent of A-level results were downgraded by exams regulator Ofqual using a formula based on schools' prior grades, rather than on grades estimated by their teachers. The algorithm was devised after it became clear that public exams would have to be scrapped because of the coronavirus pandemic. London-based correspondent Peter Anderson told Mike Weeks more about the embarrassing U-turn: