THE DAY IN PHOTOS: March 12, 2020


Posted at Mar 13 2020 01:06 AM

Here are the day's top stories in photos.

LOOK: Coronavirus drive-thru testing in Colorado

A health care worker tests people at a drive-thru station run by the state health department, for people who suspect they have novel coronavirus, in Denver, Colorado, US on Wednesday. The US registered 1,050 cases according to the John Hopkins University with 31 deaths reported by the US Center or Disease Control. Jim Urquhart, Reuters

Filipino shoppers stock up to ride out coronavirus outbreak

Shoppers wearing face masks queue to buy groceries at a supermarket in Manila on Wednesday as coronavirus cases rise in the country. Fears of increasing COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila pushed consumers to buy sanitizers, disinfectants and food supplies. Eloisa Lopez, Reuters

Expressing love in the time of COVID-19

Judie Shape, center, who has tested positive for the coronavirus, blows a kiss to her son-in-law, Michael Spencer, left, as Shape's daughter, Lori Spencer, right, looks on, Wednesday, as they visit on the phone and look at each other through a window at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington, near Seattle. In-person visits are not allowed at the nursing home. According to the World Health Organization, most people recover in about two to six weeks from the novel coronavirus infection, depending on the severity of the illness. Ted S. Warren, AP

Filipino scientist presents locally-developed COVID-19 test kits

Philippine Genome Center deputy executive director Dr. Raul Destura presents a sample of the locally-developed COVID-19 test kit from the UP-National Institutes of Health during a press briefing on COVID-19 at the Philippine Genome Center in Quezon City on Thursday. The test kits yield “very accurate” results in just 2 hours according to the Food and Drug Authority, who gave the approval on March 10. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

NEDA headquarters undergo sanitizing

A maintenance personnel disinfects an area at the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) headquarters in Pasig City on Thursday. A number of government offices were shut down for thorough sanitizing after some officials went on voluntary self-quarantine following meetings with persons who have tested positive of the COVID-19 virus. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Tokyo Olympics torch lit behind closed doors

Greek actress Xanthi Georgiou, playing the role of the High Priestess, lights up the torch during the flame lighting ceremony at the closed Ancient Olympia site, birthplace of the ancient Olympics in southern Greece, Thursday. Greek Olympic officials are holding a pared-down flame-lighting ceremony for the Tokyo Games due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. Both Wednesday's dress rehearsal and Thursday's lighting ceremony are closed to the public, while organizers have slashed the number of officials from the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo Organizing Committee, as well as journalists at the flame-lighting. Thanassis Stavrakis, AP

Duterte gets tested for COVID-19

resident Rodrigo Duterte is tested for COVID-19, as precautionary measure, by Research Institute for Tropical Medicine personnel on Thursday at the Bahay Pagbabago in Malacanang, with Sen. Bong Go looking on. The country has seen a jump in COVID-19 cases over the past few days, and some lawmakers and government officials who interacted with a person who later tested positive for the new coronavirus have gone on self-quarantine. Photo Courtesy of Sen. Bong Go

Metro Manila placed under community quarantine

Tailors in Kamuning, Quezon City watch President Rodrigo Duterte address the nation regarding the COVID-19 outbreak in Metro Manila on Thursday. Philippine authorities placed Metro Manila under quarantine, halting travel in and out of the capital region for a month from March 15 until April 14, 2020, amid the continuing rise in cases of the virus in the country. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Out for a walk

Two girls wearing facemasks walk their dog in Ortigas Center on Thursday amid the declared suspension of classes in the capital region due to the COVID-19 outbreak which has so far claimed five lives in the country. President Rodrigo Duterte, in his address to the nation concerning the outbreak, extended class suspensions until April 12, 2020 giving students almost a month-long break as a precautionary measure against the virus. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News