China reports over 2,000 deaths from COVID-19
Patients who are positive for COVID-19 rest at a temporary hospital in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province in this photo released by Xinhua News Agency on February 17. China reported more than 74,000 new virus cases and at least 2,000 deaths in its update Tuesday on a disease outbreak that has caused milder illness in most people, an assessment that promoted guarded optimism from global health authorities. Xiao Yijiu, Xinhua via AP
End of quarantine?
A passenger exercises using two water bottles on the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, near Tokyo on Wednesday. Passengers tested negative for COVID-19 will start disembarking Wednesday, according to Japanese officials, as confirmed cases of coronavirus infection rose to 542. Jae C. Hong, AP Photo
Manila implements road clearing operation
Vendors pick up what they can from their street stall as members of Manila hawkers management group conduct a clearing operation of structures obstructing Ma. Orosa Street in Manila on Wednesday. The Department of Internal and Local Government issued DILG Memorandum Circular 2020-027 mandating officials to clear roads of any obstruction based on President Duterte’s order to reclaim public roads. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News
Burning of blessed palms
Parish priest Jeri Habunal leads the burning of the blessed palms that will be used for Ash Wednesday at Our Lady of Abandoned Diocesan Shrine in Poblacion, Muntinlupa on Wednesday. Caloocan Bishop Pablo David suggests the possibility of sprinkling of dry ash over the head in place of daubing on the forehead as a precaution amid the spread of COVID-19 infection.
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QC halts MRT-7 QMC station construction
Laborers work on the MRT-7 Quezon Memorial Circle station on Wednesday. The Quezon City government on February 18, 2020 issued a temporary cease and desist order on the above-ground construction of the MRT-7 Quezon Memorial Circle Station, citing concerns raised by environmentalists and historians on the station's encroachment on the heritage site. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News
Kissing the Pope
Pope Francis is kissed by a man during his weekly general audience, at the Pope Paul VI hall, at the Vatican, Wednesday. Pope Francis during his weekly general audience reminded the Catholic faithful to value meekness and shun anger, as reflected on the third Beatitude, particularly when one is attacked, assaulted or offended. Andrew Medichini, AP Photo
A child checks a book at the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale at the World Trade Center in Pasay City on Wedensday. The book sale is scheduled from February 14 to February 24 and is open to the public 24 hours. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News