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THE DAY IN PHOTOS: April 17, 2020

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Posted at Apr 18 2020 12:48 AM | Updated as of Apr 18 2020 01:22 AM

Here are the big stories today in photos.

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How to spread the coronavirus further

A shadow of a man talking on the phone is seen next to thrown gloves and other wastes on Wednesday, during a countrywide lockdown to combat the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Sidon, Lebanon. In the Philippines, authorities are calling for the proper disposal and segregation of medical and health care waste and warned about the risk of spreading the virus further through improper garbage handling. Ali Hashisho , Reuters

Frontliner in the diplomatic corps

Foreign affairs officials wearing facemasks stand next to the coffin containing the body of Philippine ambassador to Lebanon Bernardita Catalla shortly after it arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, in this handout photo taken April 15, 2020 and received from the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs on April 16. Catalla died in Lebanon due to complications arising from COVID-19. Department of Foreign Affairs via AFP

TNVS drivers get relief

Transportation Network Vehicle Services (TNVS) drivers, mostly from Grab, collect a box each of relief goods from the Department of Social Welfare and Development containing six kilos of rice, eight canned goods and six 3-in-1 coffee sachets, at a designated collection area in Quezon City on Friday. TNVS drivers have been unable to work since the start of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) on March 15 when all public transportation were ordered shut to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the capital. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Follow the rules or else

People maintain safe distance as they queue to enter the public market in Zapote-Bacoor on Friday. President Duterte warned on Thursday night that he will call in the military and police to enforce social distancing and other measures in the country's bid to contain COVID-19 if the public violates the rules of the enhanced community quarantine. Czar Dancel, ABS-CBN News

From sports arena to quarantine center

Workers from the Department of Public Works and Highways install electrical wiring at partitions at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City as it is being converted into a COVID-19 quarantine center on Friday. Several facilities have been converted into quarantine centers for people who are not vulnerable and have mild symptoms as the country works to decongest hospitals amid the coronavirus pandemic. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Duty bound

A health worker is on duty inside the COVID-19 wing of the Tondo Medical Center, which is running on a skeletal force due to exposure to patients with coronavirus, April 17, 2020. The nurses, who work 12 hours shifts, try to use only one set of personal protective equipment per shift to make sure their supply lasts. This means they do not eat, drink or use the restroom during while on duty. “Natatakot at nakakapagod pero ito po sinumpaang tungkulin namin,” shares one of the workers. Jeff Canoy, ABS-CBN News

Spain COVID-19 death toll hits 19,000

Healthcare workers attend to COVID-19 patients in intensive care unit of a hospital in Vigo city, Spain, on Thursday. Spain's coronavirus death toll soared past 19,000 with another 551 deaths, but questions over the counting method have raised some regional concerns the real figure is much higher. Miguel Riopa, AFP

'Heroes work here'

A woman leaves the premises of the Medical Center Manila on Friday. The Department of Health said the number of health care workers infected with the coronavirus has reached 766 so far. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

A heart for frontliners

The exterior of a hotel in Jakarta shows rooms illuminated to form a heart, a way of thanking and supporting people tackling the spread of COVID-19, especially the country’s medical workers, Friday. The country so far has 5,923 recorded cases of the virus, making it the country with the highest number of infections in Southeast Asia. Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana, Reuters