THE DAY IN PHOTOS: March 19, 2020


Posted at Mar 20 2020 05:48 AM

Here are the big stories today in photos.

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France on lockdown amid coronavirus spread

Medical staff load a stretcher onto a medical helicopter at the Emile Muller hospital in Mulhouse, eastern France, on Tuesday amid the outbreak of the COVID-19 (new Coronavirus). A strict lockdown requiring most people in France to remain at home came into effect at midday on March 17, 2020, prohibiting all but essential outings in a bid to curb the coronavirus spread. The country has reported 148 deaths from the virus, a number that health experts warn could soar in the coming days, seriously straining the hospital system. Sebastien Bozon, AFP

Border crossing at NLEX during coronavirus lockdown

Cargo trucks carrying basic goods are screened at a special lane on the North Luzon Expressway on Thursday. Only vehicles carrying essential supplies and frontline personnel are allowed to move around Metro Manila during a 1-month lockdown to stop the spread of the 2019 coronavirus disease. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Christ the Redeemer in Brazil lights up for coronavirus-hit countries

Rio's Christ the Redeemer statue is lit up with the flags of countries currently afflicted by the new coronavirus in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday. Global coronavirus infections rose to more than 200,000 cases with more than 8,700 deaths in 150 countries according to reports. Silvia Izquierdo, AP Photo

Seeking refuge amid community quarantine

A family walks along Burnham Park, Baguio City seeking refuge during curfew hours on Wednesday evening. The Baguio City Police Office started enforcing a 24-hour curfew on Wednesday under the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine, a precautionary measure against the spread of COVID-19. Orange Omengan, ABS-CBN News

Bottled up against COVID-19 in Borongan

Reuben Caranzo wears an improvised face mask made from a plastic bottle as he reports for work at the Borongan City Hall in Eastern Samar on Thursday. Scarce supply of face masks pushed residents to make improvised protection against COVID-19 infection. Eastern Samar reported 13 “persons under investigation” with 3 people currently admitted to government hospitals, 9 under home quarantine and 1 tested negative. Alren Beronio, ABS-CBN News

Wrapped and ready to go

A Chinese woman, wearing full protective gear against the coronavirus disease 2019, waits for her flight at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea on Thursday. China, for the first time since the outbreak, recorded zero domestic infections on Thursday and will implement stricter 14-day quarantine regulations amid expectations of those returning to the country from overseas. Kim Hong-Ji, Reuters

On the receiving end

Residents of a depressed community in Barangay Paligsahan, Quezon City line up for relief goods being distributed by barangay officers on Thursday. Local officials in the barangay level are dipping into their calamity funds to provide relief assistance to communities affected by the Luzon lockdown, which government implemented to prevent the spread of COVID-19, halting work and mass transport, among others. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Pasig pushes for bike use for health workers during quarantine

Health workers try out bikes lent by the Pasig City government on Thursday. The local government pushed for the usage of bicycles in transporting health workers to their respective hospitals and related facilities amid the suspension of mass public transportation due to the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine to contain the new coronavirus disease. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

No disinfection, no entry

A worker disinfects a woman entering the Pasig City Hall as a precaution against COVID-19 on Thursday. Health authorities earlier in the day said there were 15 new cases of the virus in the country, bringing the total to 217, with 17 deaths and 8 recoveries. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Sanitizing San Juan City

Emergency personnel spray disinfectant to sanitize a street in San Juan City on Thursday as preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19. Several villages in the Philippine capital have been placed under 'extreme enhanced community quarantine' following the increase of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country. Basilio H. Sepe, ABS-CBN News

Germans wait for flight home

German humanitarian volunteer Max Motschmann (center, top) gathers his countrymen as they wait for a Lufthansa repatriation flight outside the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila on Thursday. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said recently that countries will send flights to the Philippines to pick up stranded citizens amid the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon. Francis R. Malasig, EPA-EFE

QC disaster responders conduct disinfection measures

Members of the Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office disinfect on Thursday the stretch of East Avenue, where various hospitals are under "facility quarantine" in light of the novel coronavirus outbreak. Disinfection efforts continue in other parts of Metro Manila in a bid to arrest the spread of COVID-19. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News