THE DAY IN PHOTOS: May 22, 2020


Posted at May 23 2020 12:37 AM

Here are the big stories today in photos.

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Give a safe hug today

Alex Montagano demonstrates his "Hugging Station" with neighbor, Sharon Pearce-Anderson, that he built to embrace family members, mindful of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) precautions in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on Thursday. There are more than 80,000 COVID-19 cases in Canada with over 6,000 deaths, while more than half have recovered. Christinne Muschi, Reuters

China marches forward

People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers march next to the entrance to the Forbidden City during the opening ceremony of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing on Thursday. China's biggest political event of the year, the National People's Congress, opens on May 22 after months of delay over coronavirus fears, with President Xi Jinping determined to project strength and control over the outbreak despite international criticism and a wounded economy. Nicolas Asfouri, AFP

Eating out in Thailand

People eat at a street restaurant implementing social distancing with plastic dividers after the Thai government relaxed measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 disease, in Bangkok's Chinatown on Thursday. Thailand continued easing restrictions related to the novel coronavirus on May 17 by allowing various businesses to reopen, but warned that the stricter measures would be re-imposed should cases increase again. Mladen Antonov, AFP

Disinfecting streets in Baclaran

Barangay officials disinfect a street in Baclaran, Paranaque on Friday where the local government has placed 10 areas under a “calibrated lockdown” due to an increase in COVID-19 infections. The 3-day lockdown will provide a window for mass testing. Czar Dancel, ABS-CBN News

Fake COVID-19 medicines seized in Cavite

Police officers seize several cartons of medicine being peddled as COVID-19 drugs at a warehouse in Bacoor, Cavite on Friday. Two Chinese nationals were arrested in possession of the drugs, which bore no certification from the Food and Drug Administration Czar Dancel, ABS-CBN News

A face mask of the virus

Filipino artist Leeroy New shows his creation of different types of face shields in his house in Quezon City on Thursday, May 22, 2020. Using recycled plastic water gallons, New designed what he called “symbolic and functional face shields” that takes its inspiration from the freedom protest of the people of Hong Kong and other countries, and as a functional shield in defense against the spread of COVID-19. New together with other artists also distributed 1,000 pieces of normally designed face shields in different hospitals in Metro Manila and Camarines Sur. ABS-CBN News

Smiling eyes

Children wearing protective face masks play near the entrance to the Forbidden City on the day of the opening of the National People's Congress (NPC) following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Beijing, China on Friday. China will not set an annual growth target for this year, the first time since it began publishing economic growth goals in 1990, as it tries to rebuild its economy in the wake of the outbreak. Thomas Peter, Reuters

Protected flight

Chinese nationals wearing PPE suits fall in line at the departure area of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on Thursday. The country's main gateway is still operating on limited capacity amid continuing precautions against the coronavirus disease 2019. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Taguig school holds cyber-graduation rites

A toga-wearing robot receives the diploma of a student during the first ever “cyber-graduation” of the Senator Renato "Compañero" Cayetano Memorial Science and Technology High School (SRCC) in Taguig City on Friday as Metro Manila remains under modified enhanced community quarantine. Other elementary and secondary public schools in Taguig will also hold cyber-graduations to send off this year’s batch of graduates. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Pakistan International Airlines plane crashes in Karachi

Fire brigade staff try to put out a fire caused by a plane crash in Karachi, Pakistan on Friday. An aviation official says a passenger plane belonging to state-run Pakistan International Airlines carrying more than 100 passengers and crew crashed near the southern port city of Karachi. There were no immediate reports on the number of casualties. Fareed Khan, AP

PCR machine training

A volunteer trainee handles a well plate containing dummy samples and controls for a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machine inside one of the laboratories of the Philippine Genome Center in Mindanao (PGC-Mindanao) at University of the Philippines Mindanao in Davao City on Friday. PGC-Mindanao has been training personnel who will be assigned to COVID-19 PCR test laboratories. Manman Dejeto, ABS-CBN News