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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

2020-08-31
Monday

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Test centres book out for mass Covid-19 screening  Listenfacebook
More than 430,000 people were reported to have signed up for the free coronavirus tests by Monday morning. But despite the relatively low number, many of the testing centres are already fully booked for the first day of the scheme, while two have filled their quotas for the entire seven-day programme. Wendy Wong reports:
Some activists call for boycott of mass testing  Listenfacebook
As more people book appointments for the free test, some pro-democracy groups, district councillors and activists are calling for a boycott. As Joanne Wong reports, they believe the tests won't be effective in identifying silent carriers of Covcd-19 and might do more harm than good in the battle against the virus:
CE describes ‘smearing’ of testing plan as ‘infuriating’  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, along with Beijing's office for Hong Kong affairs and its liaison office have berated critics of the mass coronavirus testing scheme, which starts on Tuesday. Carrie Lam accused them of being anti-Beijing and anti-government, saying they just want to cause trouble. Sean Kennedy has the details:
IT federation questions checks of registration for mass testing  Listenfacebook
The Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Alfred Sit, revealed on Sunday that the government had received enquiries from three people who said their ID card numbers had already been used when they tried to book for a coronavirus test online. He said authorities will look into the cases and warned that anyone using an unauthorised identity would face criminal charges. The honorary chairman of the Information Technology Federation, Francis Fong, told Frances Sit that the government's online booking system is flawed:
Mass testing ‘could make HK more cautious’ about opening up   Listenfacebook
Fifteen new coronavirus cases were confirmed on Sunday - ten of which were locally acquired. Despite the drop, the authorities are warning that everyday activities like eating out still come with a significant risk. University of Hong Kong Professor Benjamin Cowling is the co-director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control. He told Mike Weeks Hong Kong is doing well in the battle to control the surge in cases, which started in July, but still has some way to go:
Crowd gathers to mark first anniversary of station storming   Listenfacebook
Dozens of people gathered at a Mong Kok shopping centre on Sunday night on the eve of the first anniversary of the police storming of Prince Edward Station. On August 31 last year, baton-wielding riot-squad officers chased anti-government protesters down escalators into the station and beat passengers on trains, leaving at least 10 in need of hospital treatment. Wong Yin-ting reports:
Mask wearing a huge challenge for parents of autistic children  Listenfacebook
Living with the coronavirus pandemic means wearing masks has become a daily routine for Hong Kong people. And while some may find them uncomfortable, most have got used to them. But for parents of autistic children, getting them to keep their masks on for an extended period of time has been a monumental challenge. RTHK's Sammy Heung found out how some families have been coping:
Soco seeks computers for underprivileged school children  Listenfacebook
The Society for Community Organization (Soco) is appealing for donations to ensure poor students have computers to take online classes when the new academic year begins this week. The NGO criticised the government for failing to make arrangements for children living in poverty when it made the decision that there would be no face-to-face classes at the start of the new term because of coronavirus concerns. Soco community organiser Sze Lai-shan told Joanne Wong that many of the 700 students they recently talked to weren't properly equipped for online lessons:
Ongoing violence in the US may help Trump campaign   Listenfacebook
A week of violent confrontations in the US that began with the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, has ended with the death of a white man in Portland. The fatal shooting occurred during clashes between supporters of President Trump and Black Lives Matter activists. Acting US Homeland Security Secretary, Chad Wolf, has now said all options are on the table. RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood gave Mike Weeks his thoughts on accusations that Trump’s campaign is spurring supporters to action to deal with the violence: