THE DAY IN PHOTOS: February 26, 2020


Posted at Feb 27 2020 01:09 AM

Here are the day's top stories in photos.

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Communion amid coronavirus scare

Mass attendees wear masks as they line up for communion in Quezon City in observance of Ash Wednesday. The Health Department on its February 7 circular recommended the cancellation of huge public events and gatherings and when unavoidable, encouraged Filipinos to practice self-protection when going to crowded places to prevent spread of COVID-19 virus. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Ash Wednesday at QC jail

Inmates inside the Quezon City Police Jail receive the mark of the cross on their foreheads on Ash Wednesday. Lay Ministers visit jails around the metro to enjoin the inmates in the observance of Ash Wednesday, which marks the start of the Lent. Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News

Faith in the time of COVID-19

Catholic faithful wear masks as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus as they fall in line to receive ash in observance of Ash Wednesday at Baclaran Church in Parañaque. The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines issued guidelines for Ash Wednesday this year recommending the sprinkling of ash on the heads of the faithful instead of the traditional marking on the forehead, amid the COVID-19 outbreak that has killed more than 2,600 people. Ted Aljibe, AFP

Back from coronavirus quarantine ship

Representatives of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Department of Health wear protective suits as they assist Filipinos from the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship during arrival at the Clark Airbase, Pampanga early Wednesday. Some 445 Filipinos aboard the ship in Japan were flown back to the Philippines on 2 chartered flights and will stay at the Athletes’ Village at the New Clark City for their mandatory 14-day quarantine. Department of Foreign Affairs via AP

'Deliver us oh Lord, from every evil'

Churchgoers wear masks as they attend Mass in observance of Ash Wednesday at the San Felipe Neri Church in Mandaluyong. The Catholic Church urged the faithful to practice self-protection as COVID-19 cases surge to more than 80,000 globally and 2,762 deaths reported according to the World Health Organization. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

PH Coast Guard's new chopper gears up for maiden flight

Philippine Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Joel S. Garcia inspects one of two new H145 Airbus helicopters ordered from Germany as additional assets for the uniformed service, a few moments before its maiden flight on Wednesday. Costing P685 million, the new assets will be used for search and rescue, medical evacuation, maritime patrol, and maritime law enforcement. ABS-CBN News

SC urged to dismiss quo warranto vs ABS-CBN

Protesters from various groups led by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) trooped to the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Protesters called for the dismissal of the quo warranto case filed against ABS-CBN and the protection of the freedom of the press. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

COVID-19 in Tokyo

People wearing protective face masks as a precaution against COVID-19 walk past the Olympic rings in front of the Japan Olympic Museum in Tokyo on Wednesday. International Olympic Committee senior member Dick Pound said that a cancellation of the games would be more likely than a postponement or relocation if the disease, which has killed more than 2,700 and infected some 80,000 people globally, proved to be too dangerous for the sporting event. Athit Perawongmetha, Reuters

Preparing for tomorrow's catch

Fishermen prepare their nets for use on Thursday morning in Nasugbu, Batangas, on Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent when many Catholics 14 years or older abstain from eating meat until Easter Sunday as a form of penance. Domcar C. Lagto, ABS-CBN News