THE DAY IN PHOTOS: March 9, 2020


Posted at Mar 10 2020 04:31 AM | Updated as of Mar 10 2020 04:35 AM

Here are the day's top stories in photos.

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Stranded at sea

Carrying multiple people who have tested positive for COVID-19, the Grand Princess maintains a holding pattern about 30 miles off the coast of San Francisco, Sunday. The cruise ship is scheduled to dock at the Port of Oakland on Monday.

The Philippine Consulate is now coordinating with the US government after several Filipino crew tested positive of COVID-19. Noah Berger, AP

Strict monitoring amid coronavirus scare

Security personnel check the body temperature of all Manila City Hall employees and visitors before entering the vicinity on Monday, amid confirmation of novel coronavirus cases in the country. The health department confirmed 10 cases of COVID-19 as of Monday and urged the public to avoid crowded places and attending mass gatherings in an attempt to prevent spread of the coronavirus. ABS-CBN News

Pinoy students push for 'Safe Spaces'

Students and school administrators from various universities in the country call for compliance with the Safe Spaces Law by establishing "Safe Space Desks" in campuses, during the Safe Campuses Project conference in Quezon City on Monday. In the Safe Spaces Law or the "Bawal Bastos Law" passed last April 17, 2019, educational and training institutions must adopt and publish grievance procedures where victims of sexual harassment could forward concerns for immediate and appropriate actions. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

You are safe now, little boy

A boy is rescued from the rubble of a collapsed hotel in Quanzhou, in China's eastern Fujian province early on Sunday. At least ten people were killed with 23 others feared trapped following the collapse of a hotel used as a coronavirus quarantine facility in eastern China, the Ministry of Emergency Management said on March 8. AFP Stringer

V-Mall in Greenhills almost empty amid COVID-19 scare

A man looks over the railing at a nearly empty V-Mall in Greenhills, San Juan City on Monday. People are still wary of going to the shopping complex, which has a prayer hall frequented by the country's 5th COVID-19 patient, even as San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora assured it is safe. ABS-CBN News

Disinfecting against COVID-19

A worker uses a mist cannon to apply disinfectant to the San Juan National High School grounds on Monday to control the spread of COVID-19. The 5th person in the Philippines infected with the virus was reported to have frequented a prayer hall inside a shopping complex in the city, prompting the local government to implement preventive measures. Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News

Avoid the virus, avoid touching your face

A man removes his mask and touches his face while standing in line at the entrance to St. Luke's Medical Center in Quezon City on Monday. The hospital said it was able to screen and isolate a patient positive for COVID-19 and has transferred the patient to a government hospital. Authorities have advised to both avoid touching one's face and only go to hospitals if necessary to lessen the possibility of contracting the virus. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Senators seek SC opinion on VFA termination

Senate President Vicente Sotto III files a declamatory relief and mandamus petition before the Supreme Court on Monday against the offices of Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, and Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. challenging the unilateral termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), a treaty previously concurred in by the Senate. President Rodrigo Duterte ordered last month the termination of the VFA between the Philippines and the United States after the latter canceled the visa of his long-time ally Senator Ronald Dela Rosa for his role in the administration’s war on drugs. Joseph Vidal, Senate PRIB

COVID prevention

A pedestrian passes by a COVID-19 prevention poster written in both Tagalog and Chinese in Pasay City, a known Philippine offshore gaming operations hub, on Monday. President Rodrigo Duterte has placed the Philippines under a state of public health emergency to arrest the spread of COVID-19 infections after authorities confirmed local transmissions of the disease. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Fire safety education for children

Children are guided by Bureau of Fire Protection officers as they participate in various activities during the Junior Firefighters Camp at a mall in Marikina on Sunday. The 2020 Fire Prevention Month, with the theme "Matuto Ka, Sunog Iwasan Na," aims to educate the public on fire safety. ABS-CBN News