THE DAY IN PHOTOS: March 18, 2020


Posted at Mar 19 2020 02:44 AM

Here are the day's top stories in photos.

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Checking work permits in Mandaluyong

Members of Mandaluyong City police man a barricade at Boni Avenue corner EDSA in Mandaluyong City to check documents of motorists who wish to enter the city on Wednesday morning. Mandaluyong City limits the entry of people in the city as they check for work documents including identification cards before they are allowed to pass, a day after President Duterte placed the country under state of calamity due to the rising cases of coronavirus (#COVID19). Larry Monserate Piojo, ABS-CBN News

Free shuttle service for health workers, frontliners

Health workers ride a free shuttle service going to major hospitals around Metro Manila during its pilot run on Wednesday morning. The Office of the Vice President Leni Robredo provided free shuttle service to health workers and frontliners from Mall of Asia to Santolan as mass transportation remains suspended as part of the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon. Charlie Villegas, OVP handout

Medicine deliveries in the time of coronavirus

A member of the Philippine National Police checks the temperature of Michael Cariño, 22, as he carries lifesaving chemotherapy medicines on his bike at the Marikina-Antipolo border checkpoint on Wednesday. Deliveries of basic supplies like medicines are exempted on the imposed travel ban under the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

PH lifts travel ban on outbound int'l flights in Luzon

Departing passengers wearing protective masks enter Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila on Wednesday. The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) updated its travel ban guidelines allowing overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), balikbayans, and foreign nationals to take their international flights anytime provided that proof of international travel itinerary scheduled within twenty-four (24) hours is presented. Francis R. Malasig, EPA-EFE

Eastern Samar barangay delivers relief packs to PUMs

Barangay Captain Ernesto Evada of Barangay 5 in Balangkayan, Eastern Samar hands over relief food packs to a “person under monitoring” (PUM) currently observing 14-day self-quarantine on Wednesday. The provincial government of Eastern Samar ordered a 14-day mandatory quarantine for residents who recently traveled to areas with confirmed Covid-19 cases in the country in an attempt to prevent the spread of the disease. The province recorded 418 “persons under monitoring” and 9 “persons under investigation” with one resolved case. Alren Beronio, ABS-CBN News

Military gives free rides to workers

Military personnel help commuters come down a military truck used to give free rides to workers after public transportation was halted due to the Luzon-wide lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Various government agencies and private sector initiatives have been providing free transportation to workers in frontline services and those who serve as skeletal force in their respective offices since the stricter quarantine took effect Tuesday midnight. Joeal Calupitan, AP

Food relief in the time of COVID-19

Food supplies are repacked at a barangay hall in Bacoor, Cavite for distribution to those forced to stay at home due to the COVID-19 lockdown. Authorities restricted movement in the Philippines' most populous island, Luzon, until April 12 to contain the epidemic. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Quezon City gives free hygiene kits to combat COVID-19

A Quezon City resident receives a hygiene kit containing alcohol, soap, vitamins and protective masks from a city government worker as part of measures to help low income communities deal with the COVID-19 pandemic in Old Balara on Wednesday. The Department of Health recently confirmed 15 new cases of the virus bringing the total to 202 with 17 deaths and 7 recoveries. Rolex Dela Pena, EPA-EFE

Disinfection efforts in Mandaluyong City

Members of the Barangay Wack-wack, East Greenhills Fire and Rescue teams conduct disinfecting operations on the walkway along EDSA in Mandaluyong City on Wednesday. New research suggests that the virus can live for up to three days on some surfaces. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

In QC barangay named after 'health,' officials enforce 'extreme enhanced quarantine'

A health worker talks to a soldier manning a checkpoint in Barangay Kalusugan, Quezon City after the area behind St. Lukes Hospital was sealed off on Wednesday. Brgy. Kalusugan is one of four barangays in Quezon City placed under “extreme enhanced quarantine” following a surge of COVID-19 cases there. The other barangays are Tandang Sora, Matandang Balara, and Payatas. Basilio H. Sepe, ABS-CBN News

Salute to the frontliners

Police officers salute as a medical worker from outside Wuhan arrives at the Wuhan Railway Station before leaving the epicenter of coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak, in Hubei province, China on Tuesday. Extreme measures in the area are gradually being relaxed as the outbreak seems to have been quelled. Reuters

Plastic protection

A Chinese woman uses a plastic bag to cover her head as a precaution against COVID-19 while waiting for her flight at the departure area of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Wednesday. The Philippine government lifted a 72-hour deadline for thousands of foreign travelers to leave the country's main northern region which has been placed under quarantine due to the growing number of infections, officials said. Aaron Favila, AP