THE DAY IN PHOTOS: March 16, 2020


Posted at Mar 17 2020 01:04 AM

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Pope Francis prays for the end of COVID-19 spread

Pope Francis prays in S. Marcello al Corso church, where there is a miraculous crucifix that was carried in a procession around Rome in 1552 to stop the great plague in Rome on March 15, 2020, in this handout picture released by the Vatican Media. The Vatican said on March 15, that its traditional Easter week celebrations would be held this year without worshippers due to the coronavirus. "Because of the current global public health emergency, all the liturgical celebrations of Holy Week will take place without the physical presence of the faithful," the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household said in a statement. Vatican Media, AFP

Morning rush hour under COVID-19 quarantine in Metro Manila

Commuters scramble for a ride at the southbound lane of Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City on Monday, the 1st work day in Metro Manila after the imposition of a "community quarantine" that will last until April 14. Thousands of workers are expected to cross the border of the region as authorities moved to halt the spread of COVID-19. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Checking temperature at Valenzuela-Meycauayan checkpoint

Health workers from the Valenzuela City government check the temperatures of motocycle riders entering the checkpoint between Valenzuela City and Meycauayan, Bulacan on Monday. Checkpoints were set up between Valenzuela and Meycauayan as the National Capital Region was placed under “community quarantine” which includes travel ban to and from the metropolis. Mark Demayo ABS-CBN News

Long lines at checkpoints as motorists enter Metro Manila

Vehicles line up at a checkpoint in Susana Heights exit of the South Luzon Expressway on Monday. Motorists have seen an increase in traffic congestion on the first work day after the implementation of the community quarantine in NCR. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Waiting and 'social distancing'

People line-up at MRT-3 Shaw Station on the first day of the work week under Metro Manila-wide quarantine on Monday. MRT-3 is placing commuters at a one-meter distance from each other as part of the social distancing scheme ordered by the Transportation Department. Metro Manila is placed under a 30-day period 'community quarantine' starting March 15 to contain the spread of coronavirus (#COVID19) in the country. Larry Monserate Piojo, ABS-CBN News

Countdown to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

A woman in a face mask passes by a giant watch counting down to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan on Monday. Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe earlier said the Games will go ahead in July as planned despite COVID-19 concerns which has already postponed some sporting events and affected more than 1,400 individuals resulting in 28 deaths in the country. Edgard Garrido, Reuters

QC city hall implements social distancing

A security guard enforces the one seat apart rule at the queue for the NBI and police clearance in Quezon City Hall on Monday. President Rodrigo Duterte announced Monday afternoon an enhanced community quarantine in Luzon in efforts to arrest the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the country which has so far claimed 12 lives. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Police checks on people crossing QC-Rizal border during enhanced quarantine

People react as they are stopped by PNP personnel manning the checkpoint at the border of Brgy. Batasan Hills, Quezon City and San Mateo, Rizal after Malacañang instituted an enhanced community quarantine on Monday afternoon. They were eventually given 30 minutes to cross into Quezon City. In an ANC interview, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the enhanced community quarantine is effective immediately, and assured the public they would be allowed to go home because they “should stay at home.”Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

‘[Don’t] Panic’

People walk past a convenience store where the latest cover of a magazine is stuck on a pillar outside of it on Sunday in New York. President Donald Trump on Sunday called on Americans to cease hoarding groceries and other supplies, while one of the nation's most senior public health officials called on the nation to act with more urgency to safeguard their health as the coronavirus outbreak continued to spread across the United States. Wong Maye-E, AP

Chokepoints at checkpoints

This aerial photo shows traffic congestion from vehicles waiting to clear checkpoints, part of measures to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, before entering Manila on Monday. The virus has upended society around the planet, with governments imposing restrictions rarely seen outside war-time, including the closing of borders, home quarantine orders and the scrapping of public events. Ron Lopez, AFP

COVID-19 forces quarantine in Czech Republic

A young man wearing a face mask walks across an empty Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic on Monday. The Czech government has imposed further dramatic restrictions on the movement in efforts to contain the outbreak of COVID-19. Prime Minister Andrej Babis said the government is declaring a quarantine for the entire country, an unprecedented measure in his country's history that became effective on Monday. Petr David Josek, AP

Ghost town

The stretch of Tomas Morato leading all the way to ABS-CBN looks like a ghost town on Monday evening with all stores closed as Quezon City imposes a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. The city ordinance comes as the national government expanded the community quarantine on the whole island of Luzon to combat the spread of COVID-19. Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News