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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Janice Wong and Mike Weeks


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Market workers to be tested for Covid-19  Listenfacebook
Just two local Covid-19 infections were confirmed in Hong Kong on Monday. One of them was a domestic worker who shops at a wet market in Tin Shui Wai. The Centre for Health Protection said it's not clear whether the T Market, in Chung Fu, is the source of infection but workers there are now to be tested for the virus. Despite the dwindling number of local cases, University of Hong Kong public health professor Benjamin Cowling is warning the city could see another resurgence of coronavirus even before the onset of winter. He spoke to Richard Pyne:
Long-haul airlines ‘have to adapt to survive’  Listenfacebook
The resurgence of Covid-19 in Europe sent global stocks tumbling on Monday, and is another major blow to airlines. Two carriers flying into and out of Hong Kong were ordered at the weekend to temporarily suspend services after carrying people who have the disease. Cathay Dragon was ordered to stop flights to Kuala Lumpur for two weeks after five passengers it brought in from the Malaysian capital tested positive for coronavirus. The route is one of only a handful it's still flying because of the pandemic. Mike Weeks asked Achim Czerny, from the Polytechnic University's Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies, if the suspension shows just how difficult life has become for airlines:
New immigrants set to receive cash handout from Sunday   Listenfacebook
The government says a HK$10,000 dollar cash handout for new immigrants on low incomes will cost it more than HK$2 billion in total. It thinks around 200,000 of these residents, who were left out of a similar scheme earlier this year, will apply for the money. Sze Lai-shan from the Society for Community Organisation told Janice Wong the handout is vital for most new immigrants:
Court of Appeal affirms live-in rule for helpers   Listenfacebook
A Filipino domestic worker has lost her bid to overturn the rule that requires foreign helpers to live with their employers. The Court of Appeal says it can't intervene in a policy matter just because there's a risk of some helpers being exploited. Maggie Ho reports:
Migrant rights group says appeal judgment upholds inhumane rule   Listenfacebook
The Court of Appeal on Monday affirmed the live-in requirement for foreign domestic workers, dealing a setback to those who believe it undermines the rights and freedoms of helpers. The legal challenge was brought by Filipino helper Nancy Lubiano, who argued the rule heightens the risk of a helper being forced to work when they are supposed to be resting. But a three-judge panel rejected this claim, and said the requirement is part of immigration policy relating to the protection of local workers, so it can't be challenged by way of what is essentially a claim of forced labour. AnneMarie Evans asked Eman Villanueva, from the Asian Migrants' Coordinating Body, if he was surprised that the appeal wasn't successful:
Pair locked up for assisting attackers of Jimmy Sham   Listenfacebook
A man was jailed for almost four years on Monday for his involvement in an attack on democracy activist Jimmy Sham. A teenage boy was also sent to a training centre over the attack, which took place inside a restaurant in Jordan last year. Wendy Wong has the details:
Care home warned over giving wrong drugs to octogenarian   Listenfacebook
The son of an 84-year-old woman who's been in a coma for almost two months after allegedly being given the wrong medication says he's worried there's a lack of legal protection for elderly people who live in care homes. Jimmy Choi reports
Democratic Party seeks tougher animal cruelty laws   Listenfacebook
The Democratic Party says it will propose changes to Hong Kong's animal cruelty laws after nobody was prosecuted for throwing around 30 pets to their deaths from a residential building in Sham Tseng early this year. Two people were arrested in February, but no charges were laid. Former Democratic Party chairman Albert Ho, who is also a solicitor, told Richard Pyne that he's struggling to understand why the case wasn't pursued: