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THE DAY IN PHOTOS: April 23, 2020

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Posted at Apr 24 2020 01:29 AM

Here are the big stories today in photos.

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Plasma donation from recovered COVID-19 patient

A nurse (right) checks on a patient who has recovered from the COVID-19 coronavirus as he undergoes a procedure to donate plasma at a hospital in Manila on Wednesday. Scientists have pointed to the potential benefits of plasma -- a blood fluid -- from recovered individuals who have developed antibodies to the COVID-19 coronavirus enabling the body's defenses to attack it. Maria Tan, AFP

A race to save lives from COVID-19

Healthcare workers assist a COVID-19 patient at one of the intensive care units (ICU) of a clinic hospital in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday. More than 2.6 million were reported infected with the “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2” (SARS-CoV-2) with 180,000 deaths globally according to the Johns Hopkins University. Ricardo Garcia Vilanova, AP

Air evacuation training on COVID-19 scenarios

Members of the Tactical Operations Wing-Eastern Mindanao (TOW-EM) of the Eastern Mindanao Command conducts an Air Evacuation Simulation Exercise for COVID-19 patients at the Davao Air Station, Sasa, Davao City in this photo released on Thursday. The training was held to evaluate current safety procedures and air evacuation protocols to enhance its capacity to respond against COVID-19 considering different scenarios. Photo courtesy of EastMinCom

Las Piñas begins rapid tests for SARS-CoV-2

A health worker administers a test for “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2” (SARS-CoV-2) at a lying-in clinic along CAA Road in Las Piñas City on Thursday. The City of Las Piñas started implementing its COVID-19 rapid tests prioritizing medical frontliners. Mores Heramis, ABS-CBN News

Supply run before the hard lockdown

Residents rush to buy food and supplies at the Trabajo Market in Sampaloc hours before the scheduled 2-day hard lockdown declared by the city government of Manila, Thursday. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno announced the lockdown to stall the rising COVID-19 infection rate in Sampaloc, which is currently at 108 out of 519 confirmed cases in Manila. Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News

Lyrid meteors light up the sky

A meteorite is seen during the Lyrid Meteor Shower next to the Memorial to the Cavalier and Horse Guards at the Borodino field outside Mozhaysk, Moscow region on Wednesday. The Lyrid meteor Shower is active from April 16 to 25 every year. Maxim Shemetov, Reuters

COVID-19 simulation test in Japan

A medical worker conducts a simulation for a walk-in style polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19 at a makeshift facility in Yokosuka, Japan on Thursday. The country has more than 12,000 confirmed cases, including some 700 from the cruise ship Diamond Kitty quarantined near Tokyo in February. Issei Kato, Reuters

Blessing before battling COVID-19

A military chaplain (2nd left) blesses military medical personnel at a hall converted into a 500-bed capacity COVID-19 quarantine facility at the World Trade Center in Manila on Thursday. The facility, which will house mild cases of the virus, will be managed by military medical personnel. Ted Aljibe, AFP

OVP distributes more PPE for health workers

Sets of personal protective equipment (PPE) are loaded onto a plane for distribution to various provinces as a project of the Office of Vice President (OVP) Leni Robredo, in partnership with the Manila Protective Gear Sewing Club, on Thursday. The OVP has so far distributed more than 88,000 PPE sets sourced through donations throughout the country. Office of Vice President Leni Robredo

'Justice for Winston Ragos'

A man passes by placards calling for justice over the killing of former soldier Winston Ragos in Quezon City on Thursday. Ragos, who served in Marawi and supposedly suffered from PTSD, was shot by Police Master Sergeant Daniel Florendo Jr. at a quarantine control point in Maligaya Drive, Barangay Pasong Putik after Ragos had an altercation with police trainees at a control point. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Before Ramadan

A man prays outside the Golden Mosque in Manila on Thursday, the eve of Ramadan. Muslims around the world will commemorate the Islamic holy month mostly from their homes as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise and prevents mass gatherings. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Sampaloc's hard lockdown begins

Barangay tanods patrol the streets of Sampaloc, Manila as the district is put under a 48-hour “hard lockdown” that started 8 p.m. Thursday. Sampaloc has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the city with 99 so far. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News