THE DAY IN PHOTOS: April 20, 2020


Posted at Apr 21 2020 01:52 AM

Here are the day's top stories in photos.

Protesting in the era of COVID-19

Israelis demonstrate against Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, under strict restrictions made to slow down the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spread, at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, Israel on Sunday. The protesters wore face masks and kept two yards (1.8 meters) apart as they demonstrated against Netanyahu who is under criminal indictment in three corruption cases. Corinna Kern, Reuters

Meanwhile, in the United States

Two men hold signs as they protest against the state's extended stay-at-home order to help slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as hundreds gather to demonstrate at the Capitol building in Olympia, Washington, U.S. on Sunday. The protesters believe their rights as free citizens are more important than the restrictions being imposed to counter the spread of the disease. Lindsey Wasson, Reuters

The swab and the swagger

United States President Donald Trump compares a swab for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing with a regular cotton swab during the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S. on Sunday. More than 40,000 people have been killed by the coronavirus in the U.S. since the outbreak began out of nearly 800,000 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. Al Drago, Reuters

Increased presence in communities

The Armed Forces of the Phiippines (AFP) Civil Relations Service provides hot meals through its mobile kitchen to some 3000 residents of Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City on Monday, during the 6th week of the enhanced community quarantine. President Duterte has ordered the military to be ready for increased presence in communities once a more extensive quarantine measure is put into place. Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News

Health workers' counter-protest

A healthcare worker wearing a face mask and scrub suit stands in counter-protest to hundreds of people who gathered at the State Capitol to demand a lifting of the stay-at-home order in Denver, Colorado, U.S. on Sunday. As of April 19, the U.S. has reported some 759,000 COVID-19 cases and over 40,000 deaths. Alyson McClaran, Reuters

A different kind of lesson

COVID-19 quarantine violators are kept inside a classroom temporarily turned into a detention center on Monday in Dagupan City, Pangasinan. The local government has setup several makeshift detention centers in a bid to avoid congestion as more violators of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act are apprehended. Jojo Riñoza, ABS-CBN News

Enforcing quarantine rules on 6th week of lockdown

Policemen wearing protective masks stop civilians for questioning at a checkpoint on the 6th week of the enhanced community quarantine, on Monday. The Philippine National Police said that should a “martial law-type” of quarantine be enforced, they would forego warnings and directly arrest citizens who violate enhanced community quarantine measures. Basilio Sepe, ABS-CBN News

'Total lockdown' looms in Sampaloc

Residents mill about outside their homes in spite of the enhanced community quarantine in effect to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Sampaloc, Manila on Monday. The Manila city government said it will put the Sampaloc district under "total lockdown" due to the high number of COVID-19 cases and quarantine violators in the area. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

'All we need is hope'

A resident walks past a barricade along Ipil Street corner N. Domingo in San Juan on Monday. In a recent interview, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said a recommendation on what action will be taken after the Luzon lockdown will be given to President Rodrigo Duterte on April 25. Año said it will be the president who will decide whether the lockdown will be lifted or extended. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News