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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

2020-09-21
Monday

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Some flights suspended because of surge in imported infections  Listenfacebook
The Centre for Health Protection confirmed 23 new Covid-19 infections on Sunday, the highest daily total in nearly a month. But 19 of them came from India, Nepal, Sweden and the Philippines. Cathay Dragon suspended flights from Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, after five passengers who transited in the Malaysian capital from India were confirmed to have coronavirus. Hong Kong authorities also banned Air India flights again for two weeks after six passengers on its Friday flight from Delhi came down with the disease. The government is being urged to plug loopholes in border health controls, especially for transit passengers, as Frances Sit reports:
HK urged to plug transit-passenger loophole to keep Covid-19 at bay   Listenfacebook
An infectious disease expert has urged authorities to plug existing loopholes in its border control measures, especially for transit passengers, amid the surge in imported coronavirus cases . They accounted for 19 of the 23 new infections confirmed in Hong Kong on Sunday. The Medical Association's Dr Leung Chi-chiu told Frances Sit that people need not worry about a rebound in cases, just yet:
Ip Kin-yuen says return to school is a good thing  Listenfacebook
Schools are busy making final preparations to welcome pupils back for face-to-face classes on Wednesday. Some educators have expressed concern that students could catch the coronavirus while travelling to school, and are encouraging those who live within 45 minutes walking distance of their school to go on foot. Others are concerned about students being overly stressed about catching up with their studies. Education-sector lawmaker Ip Kin-yuen believes it is the right time for students to return to campus. But he told Frances Sit the authorities need to notify schools quickly if any student or staff is infected with Covid-19:
Smaller restaurants struggling to follow distancing rules  Listenfacebook
For the first weekend since early July, restaurants and bars have been allowed to operate until midnight. They still had to observe social distancing, operating at half-capacity and having no more than two customers per table in bars and four per table in restaurants. The president of the Hong Kong Federation of Restaurants and Related Trades, Simon Wong, told Janice Wong that business continued to pick up over the weekend:
Chief Secretary appeals for support for 3rd round of pandemic relief   Listenfacebook
Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung has urged lawmakers to set aside their differences and put the interests of the general public first when the Legislative Council starts vetting the government's third pandemic-relief package on Friday. Frances Sit reports:
Families push for more help and information on Hong Kong 12   Listenfacebook
The families of the 12 Hong Kong people, detained by Shenzhen authorities while allegedly attempting to flee to Taiwan by speedboat last month, have demanded police investigate exactly where they were caught. Mainland officials say the 12 were intercepted in mainland waters and are being held on suspicion of illegally crossing the border. Timmy Sung reports:
Government urged to be positive in defending HK’s rule of law   Listenfacebook
Over the weekend, the Chief Executive’s office dismissed suggestions that veteran Australian judge James Spigelman resigned from Hong Kong's top court over the national security law. It said the non-permanent judge of the Court of Final Appeal “did not give any reasons for his resignation”, although that is not what Spiegelman is said to have told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. The statement from Carrie Lam's office went on to say “there could be no question” of the new security law affecting judicial independence in Hong Kong or the operation of its judicial system, including the top court. But doesn’t Spigelman's resignation raise exactly those concerns? Mike Weeks put that question to Michael Davis, a visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong's Faculty of Law:
Democrats hamstrung by own changes to hearings for top US court   Listenfacebook
Two Republican senators have publicly called for the US Senate to hold off confirming a new Supreme Court judge until after the presidential election in November. But US President Donald Trump has declared his determination to quickly fill the seat left vacant by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday. This has outraged Democrats, following the Republicans' refusal to replace a Supreme Court judge ten months before the election that brought Trump to power. Their presidential candidate, Joe Biden, has urged Senate Republicans to put their country first in replacing Ginsburg. Mike Weeks asked RTHK's Washington correspondent, Barry Wood, if this could become a major political battle: