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THE DAY IN PHOTOS: May 18, 2020

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Posted at May 19 2020 04:27 AM

Here are the day's big stories in photos.

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A blessing from Pope Francis

Pope Francis gives his blessing from the window of the Apostolic palace overlooking St. Peter's Square after holding a private live streamed weekly Angelus prayer from the palace's library on Sunday. The St. Peter’s Basilica is set to reopen to tourist and Catholic devotees on May 18, Monday, after a 2-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pope Francis is not expected to lead any religious rites publicly as the Vatican seeks to avoid crowds. Andreas Solaro, AFP

First day of work under modified enhanced community quarantine

Cyclists cross an overpass while motorists experience heavy traffic as they approach a checkpoint along Marcos Highway going to Antipolo, Rizal on Monday. Workers from allowed industries are permitted to travel as the government eases the enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila beginning May 16. Public transportation like trains, buses and public utility jeepneys, except for public shuttle for frontliners and workers, remain prohibited. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Back to work

Workers cross a footbridge at Congressional Avenue corner EDSA in Quezon City on the first working day of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) on Monday. The Philippine government eased the imposition of enhanced community quarantine allowing resumption of work in essential industries and services 2 months after the lockdown in Metro Manila. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Manning the post in Barangay 12, Caloocan

Police officers man a barricade on the streets of Barangay 12, in Caloocan City on Monday. The barangay in Dagat-Dagatan district was placed under total lockdown on May 17 until May 23 after local officials reported an increase in COVID-19 cases. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Malabon Zoo calls for donations for animals' food

A man walk past a sign for donations for the food of animals at Malabon Zoo, which has been closed since Metro Manila was placed under enhanced community quarantine last March 16. Parks, tourist and entertainment destinations are not allowed to operate in areas placed under modified enhanced community quarantine based on the omnibus guidelines on community quarantine published by the Inter Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease. Czar Dancel, ABS-CBN News

Making mall visits safer

A mall-goer enters a disinfection booth equipped with hand washing dispenser, thermal scanner and misting at the Uptown Mall in Taguig on Monday. The booth is part of the mall’s safety campaign in an attempt to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News