THE DAY IN PHOTOS: August 3, 2020


Posted at Aug 04 2020 12:47 AM

Here are the day's big stories in photos.

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Endeavor’s Splashdown

This NASA photo released on Sunday shows the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour spacecraft as it lands with NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley onboard in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida. The Demo-2 test flight for NASA's Commercial Crew Program is the first to deliver astronauts to the International Space Station and return them to Earth onboard a commercially built and operated spacecraft. Behnken and Hurley are returning after spending 64 days in space. Bill Ingalls, NASA/AFP

Digital kiosks unveiled in Manila

People connect to the internet using a public internet facility adjacent to a waiting shed outside Gate 2 of the University of Santo Tomas in España, Manila on Monday. The city government of Manila in partnership with Eastern Communication unveiled 34 MNLKonek Digital Kiosks around the University Belt, which allows the public to make local phones calls, connect to emergency hotlines, charge mobiles phones and access the internet for free. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A fight against COVID-19

Health workers extract blood samples from motorists at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing center in front of the Andres Bonifacio Monument along Taft Avenue in Manila City on Monday. Manila recorded a total of 4,664 COVID-19 cases with 1,431 active, 3014 recoveries and 219 deaths as of July 31, 2020. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

People rush to Philhealth before MECQ

People crowd outside a Philhealth branch in Quezon City on Monday, last day of the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) before Metro Manila reverts to Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ). Fearing further restrictions under the MECQ, people rushed to get their IDs and process their membership, which they need to avail of the government financial subsidy. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Health workers' plea

Health workers on Monday hold a protest at the Jose Reyes Memorial Hospital in Manila City following the death due to COVID-19 of their colleague, Judyn Bonn Suerte. The group criticized the hospital management, the health department and the Duterte administration for alleged gross neglect and inefficiency in responding to the needs of health workers. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Checking motorcycle barriers

Personnel of the PNP Highway Patrol Group inspect motorcycle drivers with back riders along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City on Monday. The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease mandates the installation of barriers for motorcycle backriding couples as a safety measure against COVID-19. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Exodus anew out of the city

Motorists and commuters from Metro Manila, making their way eastbound on Marcos Highway towards Masinag and Rizal, fill the road during rush hour on Monday. People working and staying in the National Capital Region during the past two months made a mad rush to exit after the government declared it to be placed back under Modified Extreme Community Quarantine (MECQ) starting 12 midnight, until Aug. 18, along with Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite and Laguna provinces, amid the increasing number of COVID-19 cases that have taken a toll on the country's health workers. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Before the 12 midnight deadline

Passengers flock to the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange on Monday before Metro Manila and neighboring provinces are placed on Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases. Commuters rushed to beat the clock as the 15-day MECQ goes in effect at 12 midnight, and no public transportation will be allowed afterwards. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

It's the bus or bust

Commuters scramble to board a bus in Quezon City during the rush hour on Monday, hours before Metro Manila reverts from General Community Quarantine (GCQ) to the stricter Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ). Public transportation will not be allowed anew under MECQ, and commuters who rely on them fear they might get stranded in the city. Basilio H. Sepe, ABS-CBN News