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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 Samantha Butler

2020-08-20
Thursday

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Mass Covid-19 testing to begin on September 1  Listenfacebook
Medical Association president Choi Kin says the universal Covid-19 testing planned by the government won't begin until September 1. He also says the scheme will only provide a broad picture of how many people are infected, at best, rather than helping stop the spread of the virus. Maggie Ho reports:
Concerns over student involvement in mass testing   Listenfacebook
Civic Party lawmaker and medicial doctor Kwok Ka-ki says it's irresponsible of the government to hire medical students to collect nasal and throat samples for the city-wide coronavirus testing as many have no training in such high-risk procedures. Media reports say the authorities have been recruiting students with a medical background as well as private medics to help with the testing. But Kwok says this could cause a number of problems. He spoke to Janice Wong:
Mass testing ordered at migrant detention centre  Listenfacebook
Health authorities are to test hundreds of detainees and staff at the Castle Peak Bay Immigration Centre for coronavirus, after a man sent there at the weekend was found to be infected. He was among just 26 people confirmed on Wednesday to have the disease, as Joanne Wong reports:
Air India barred from flying to Hong Kong   Listenfacebook
An infectious disease expert says he believes there could be "lapses" in India's Covid-19 testing system after 11 people who arrived in Hong Kong on an Air India plane last Friday were found to have the virus. The government has now temporarily banned the Indian flag carrier from flying to the territory. Timmy Sung reports:
US ends shipping taxation agreement with Hong Kong  Listenfacebook
The United States has stepped up its move to end Hong Kong's special treatment, announcing that it's suspending or tearing up three bilateral agreements in response to Beijing's imposition of national security legislation here. Steve Dunthorne has the details:
Officials dismiss allegations of textbook censorship  Listenfacebook
The Education Bureau says allegations that school text books have been censored are untrue. It said it had received complaints about biased teaching materials and had a responsibility to rectify the problems. The Hong Kong Liberal Studies Teachers Association had accused the bureau of a lack of transparency over the way it advised local publishers to modify their liberal studies textbooks. It said some publishers have removed references to a separation of powers in Hong Kong as well as questions regarding civil disobedience. The associaition’s chairman, Lau Kam-fai, told Wendy Wong he's not sure why the changes were made:
Pandemic restrictions boosting family conflicts   Listenfacebook
Two murder-suicides in the past few days, involving close relatives, have sparked concerns over a rise in family conflicts in the SAR during the coronavirus pandemic. Social groups and NGOs say they’ve received an increase in calls for help from victims of domestic violence. Suzanna Lam, a senior community education officer with Harmony House, told Priscilla Ng that anti-epidemic measures have given rise to more conflicts among family members:
Unemployment snaps nine-month rising streak   Listenfacebook
A leading economist says keeping Covid-19 under control is the most important thing the government can do to promote economic recovery and jobs growth. Andy Kwan - the director of the ACE Centre for Business and Economic Research – also said he believes the Employment Support Scheme has made a “tremendous difference” in helping to stabilise the job market. He was speaking to Jim Gould after the release on Wednesday of the July jobs figures, which showed Hong Kong’s unemployment rate dipped slightly last month, from 6.2 to 6.1 percent:
Commercial property market gets a boost from HKMA  Listenfacebook
From Thursday, buyers of commercial and industrial spaces can put up 10 percent less money as their down payments after the Hong Kong Monetary Authority relaxed mortgage rules on banks. The new maximum loan-to-value ratio for such properties has been moved up from 40 to 50 percent. The authority believes it's the right time to relax the ratio, with business confidence having taken a hammering from both the coronavirus pandemic and rising geopolitical tensions. Mike Weeks asked David Faulkner - Asia-Pacific president of the Urban Land Institute – for his reaction to the relaxation: