THE DAY IN PHOTOS: April 8, 2021


Posted at Apr 09 2021 02:00 AM | Updated as of Aug 16 2021 03:36 PM

Here are the day's big stories in photos.

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Brazil prepares for the worst as COVID-19 cases spike

Healthcare staff work next to patients suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a field hospital set up at Dell'Antonia sports gym in Santo Andre, on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday. Brazil recently detected the highly contagious South African variant, raising concern on its impact to the country’s current situation after reporting a single-day record of 4,195 deaths on April 6. Amanda Perobelli, Reuters

Batasan Hills residents wait for ECQ aid

Residents fall in line inside and outside Batasan Hills National High School in Barangay Batasan Hills, Quezon City for the release of cash aid amid the enhanced community quarantine on Thursday. Several residents raised concern on the allegedly slow distribution, which left them waiting from Wednesday morning until hours past midnight on Thursday to complete the verification and release of the cash assistance. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

PNR disinfects trains before resumption of operation

Philippine National Railways (PNR) personnel disinfect coaches on Thursday, as they prepare for the resumption of operations on April 9. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade ordered the testing of all railway employees after the operators recorded a spike in COVID-19 infection. At least 131 people have tested positive out of the 1,013 PNR personnel who were tested, according to DOTR. ABS-CBN News

Keeping safe while waiting for ECQ aid

Residents undergo temperature check as part of the minimum health protocol at the Barangay Hagdang Bato Itaas multi-purpose hall as residents claim their cash aid in Mandaluyong City on Thursday. Local government units were given until April 15 to distribute cash assistance to low-income families as the National Capital Region plus bubble remain under enhanced community quarantine. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Elderly residents of Brgy. Santa Cruz, QC receive cash aid

An elderly resident receives his cash aid in Barangay Santa Cruz along Roosevelt Avenue in Quezon City on Thursday. Thousands of residents braved the heat and long lines to claim the much-needed assistance under the government’s Social Amelioration Program for those affected by the 2-week enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila and adjacent provinces. Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News

Teach a man how to fish

A man catches fish in a pond in Dampalit, Malabon City on Thursday. The lockdown in Metro Manila and nearby provinces has thrown the most vulnerable sectors of the economy looking for other means of livelihood. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News