THE DAY IN PHOTOS: March 17, 2020


Posted at Mar 18 2020 02:28 AM

Here are the day's top stories in photos.

Community quarantine in Baguio

Motorists and passengers fill out health declaration forms for contact tracing at a checkpoint along Kennon Road, Baguio City on Monday evening. Mayor Benjamin Magalong placed the city under community quarantine hours before President Duterte declared the entire Luzon under 'enhanced community quarantine' effective March 17. Orange Omengan, ABS-CBN News

Italy opens hospital dedicated for COVID-19 patients

A patient in a biocontainment unit is carried on a stretcher at the Columbus Covid 2 Hospital in Rome, Monday. The new Columbus Covid 2 Hospital, an area fully dedicated to the COVID-19 cases at the Gemelli university polyclinic, opened today with 21 new ICU units and 32 new beds, in order to support the regional health authorities in trying to contain the pandemic. Sign at top in Italian reads "Admission COVID 19". For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems. Alessandra Tarantino, AP

Free ride in QC amid enhanced quarantine

A Quezon City government bus picks up passengers, prioritizing health workers, senior citizens, and government workers, along Commonwealth Avenue on Tuesday amid suspension of mass transportation under the enhanced community quarantine. The free service is taking in a limited number of passengers, implementing social distancing, in efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Sanitizing streets at BGC

A sanitation team from Bonifacio Global City disinfects a bridge leading to the commercial center on Tuesday as the enhanced community quarantine takes effect in Metro Manila. President Duterte announced on Monday the suspension of mass transportation around Luzon and urged the public to stay at home in an attempt to prevent the Covid-19 cases from rising. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Violators apprehended on 1st day of enhanced quarantine

Drivers wait beside their taxi cabs after being apprehended by members of the Highway Patrol Group on Tuesday. The authorities apprehended hundreds of drivers plying around the metro after mass transportation was suspended as part of the imposition of the enhanced community quarantine in the whole of Luzon. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Walking to work

Two workers cross an empty Sandoval Bridge in Pasig City on their way to work on Tuesday. Government has suspended all public transport after placing the entire island of Luzon on lockdown to halt the continuing spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Fernando G. Sepe Jr. ABS-CBN News

Makeshift mask

A street vendor wears a plastic bag as a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19 in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Monday. The Sao Paulo stock exchange closed down 13.9 percent Monday and the Brazilian real closed below five to the dollar for the first time ever in further fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Nelson Almeida, AFP

Stocking up

Residents of Barangay Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City line up on Tuesday to shop for food and supplies at a supermarket amid the enhanced community quarantine being implemented in the whole of Luzon. Taped lines on the pavement ensure that social distancing measures are followed to avoid the further spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 as the government assures the public of the continued food supply chains despite the lockdown. Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News

South Korean hospital introduces COVID-19 'test booths'

A man speaks to a nurse during a COVID-19 test at a testing booth outside Yangji hospital in Seoul on Tuesday. A South Korean hospital has introduced "phone booth"-style coronavirus testing facilities that avoid medical staff having to touch patients directly and cut down disinfection times. Ed Jones, AFP