THE DAY IN PHOTOS: March 20, 2020


Posted at Mar 21 2020 03:30 AM

Here are the big stories today in photos.

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Business as usual in North Korea

Workers of the Ryongaksan Soap Factory make disinfectants in Pyongyang, North Korea Thursday. North Korea has been engaged in an intense campaign to guard against COVID-19, though it hasn’t officially reported any cases of infection. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. Cha Song Ho, AP

Manila rescues street dwellers amid coronavirus scare

Filipino health workers rescue an elderly street dweller amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Manila on Thursday. The Philippines recorded 202 confirmed cases of the coronavirus with 17 deaths and seven people who have recovered according to a report released by the Department of Health on March 19. Danny Pata, EPA

Raincoats against COVID-19

Passengers wearing raincoats as protection have their documents checked at the departure area of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport – Terminal 3 on Friday. Outbound flights for overseas Filipino workers, foreign nationals and those traveling for official business were allowed to take their flights from Manila despite the imposition of a travel ban in and out of Luzon under the enhanced community quarantine. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Japan lights Olympic flame

Three-time Olympic gold medalists Tadahiro Nomura and Saori Yoshida pose after lighting the Olympic flame at the Olympic cauldron as Tokyo 2020 Olympics president Yoshiro Mori (left) watches during a ceremony at Japan Air Self-Defense Force Matsushima Base in Higashi-Matsushima, Miyagi prefecture on Friday. Japan gave assurance that it is doing its best to hold a “safe and secure” Tokyo Olympics as the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic. Issei Kato, Reuters

Addressing face mask shortage in South Korea

Volunteers stretch as they make face masks at a district office in Seoul on Friday. The volunteers make some 2,000 face masks per day as part of an initiative by the Nowon district office to address the shortage of face masks amid concerns over the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, and are handed out to people in need. Ed Jones, AFP

PUP starts producing ethyl alcohol amid shortage over COVID-19 outbreak

Polytechnic University of the Philippines Institute for Science and Technology Research Director Dr. Armin Coronado (right) and his team produce ethyl alcohol in their laboratory on Friday amid the shortage of alcohol and sanitizers due to the growing number of cases of COVID-19 in the country. The alcohol will be donated to frontliners and health workers in the country. ABS-CBN News

Food aid for quarantined Quezon City residents

Volunteers pack relief goods for Quezon City residents at city hall on Friday. The city government will distribute the relief packs to barangays placed on lockdown due to confirmed cases of COVID-19. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Disinfection booths set up at Quezon City Hall

A man passes through disinfection booths known as “GOCLEAN Chambers” and designed by engineers connected to Mapua university set up to stem the spread of COVID-19 at the entrance of the city hall of Quezon City on Friday. In an interview on Wednesday, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said three of the “hot zones” in the city are inside gated subdivisions. "Hot zones" are areas where the confirmed COVID-19 cases live and those belonging to that specific household will not be allowed to go out of the house. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Marikina coronavirus cleanup continues

Members of a district emergency response team use a fire hose to disinfect a residential area in Marikina City on Friday amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Health officials announced Friday 13 new virus cases in the country, bringing the total to 230. Rolex Dela Pena, EPA-EFE

Commuters in a locked down metropolis

Passengers on board a military truck offering free rides to the border of Cainta and Pasig on Ortigas Avenue have their temperatures checked by a soldier, March 20, 2020. Commuters, mostly workers getting to and from their jobs, are most affected by the ban on public transportation under the lockdown being implemented in Luzon to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Smog-free sunset

The sun sets over Manila on Thursday as the skyline is shown clearly from Antipolo, Rizal without any smog obstructing the view. The stringent lockdowns in various countries due to the COVID-19 outbreak have resulted in a dramatic improvement of air and water quality around the world. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News