THE DAY IN PHOTOS: May 21, 2020


Posted at May 22 2020 12:23 AM

Here are the big stories today in photos.

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Taking shelter from Cyclone Amphan

A woman carries her son as she tries to protect him from heavy rain while they rush to a safer place, following their evacuation from a slum area before Cyclone Amphan makes its landfall, in Kolkata, India, Wednesday. The powerful cyclone, which barreled out of the Bay of Bengal with gusting winds of up to 185 km per hour (115 mph) and a storm surge of around five meters, killed 14 people and left thousands displaced according to local reports. Rupak De Chowdhuri, Reuters

Lightning flashes

A lightning storm fills the sky near Manila on Wednesday. Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers on Thursday, May 21, according to PAGASA. Ted Aljibe, AFP

Barangay Baclaran placed under reasonable calibrated lockdown

A barangay health worker checks with residents selected to undergo the Real-Time Reverse Transcription–Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test for the severe acute respiratory syndrome- coronavirus-2 (SARs-CoV-2) at the Baclaran Elementary School in Paranaque City on Thursday. Barangay Baclaran was placed under reasonable calibrated lockdown after recording 16 COVID-19 cases, to help the community prevent further spread of the new coronavirus. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A tribute to health workers

A woman passes by a mural honoring health workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic at the Mission Hospital in Pasig City on Thursday. As of May 19, some 2,315 health workers have been infected with the virus accounting for 16% of total confirmed cases in the country, making the Philippines among countries in the region with high rate of infected health workers. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Locked down for nine weeks

Construction workers who have been staying in their barracks since the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) was implemented in Metro Manila on March 15 line up to receive relief goods from officials of Bgy. Paligsahan in Quezon City on Thursday. The workers, who were employed to do a road project of the Department of Public Works and Highways, failed to go home to their provinces when the ECQ was imposed and work was suspended. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Back to biking basics

A cyclist uses an overpass along Commonwealth Ave., as the sun sets during the ongoing modified enhanced community quarantine on Thursday. As mass transportation continues to be unavailable, people are using bicycles to get to their destination as several initiatives are being put up to promote a culture of cycling in the metro. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

'Organized beaches' set up in France

A woman sunbathes at Couchant or Sunset beach in a roped-off distancing zone marked out by the municipality along the beaches in La Grande Motte, southern France, on Thursday as the nation eases lockdown measures taken to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the novel coronavirus. The local municipality dubbed this setup "organized beaches", the first in France to implement separated zones for beach-goers in order to respect social distancing. Clement Mahoudeau, AFP