THE DAY IN PHOTOS: August 4, 2020


Posted at Aug 04 2020 11:55 PM

Here are the big stories today in photos.

Checkpoints as Metro Manila placed under MECQ

Members of the Manila Police District Command set up a checkpoint at the corner of Quirino Avenue and Roxas Boulevard in Manila on Tuesday morning as Metro Manila is placed under modified enhanced community quarantine. The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease placed the National Capital Region, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna and Bulacan under MECQ from August 4-18 after heeding the call of health workers for temporary respite as hospitals get overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases. ABS-CBN News

Waiting for a ride under MECQ

Commuters wait for a ride along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City on Tuesday, as Metro Manila and adjacent provinces are placed back under modified enhanced community quarantine. Public transportation, except special shuttle services, are suspended as Metro Manila reverts to MECQ. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

COVID-19 Task force allows backriding for frontliners, essential workers

A frontliner goes through a checkpoint along Ortigas Avenue at the Pasig-Cainta border on Tuesday. The Joint Task Force Covid Shield allowed motorcycle back-riding for frontliners, essential workers and authorized persons outside of residence in areas placed under modified enhanced community quarantine according to JTFCS commander Lt Gen Guillermo Eleazar. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Health workers call for COVID-safe Fabella Hospital

Health workers from Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in Lope De Vega St., Sta. Cruz, Manila stage a 'Silent Protest' on Tuesday expressing concern over the safety of their fellow health workers, mothers and infants in the hospital who are non-COVID-19 patients. The group called for mandatory screening of all patients admitted to the hospital, proper care for COVID-19 positive employees and a 2-week temporary closure to allow disinfection of the hospital. ABS-CBN News

Buying essential goods at the start of MECQ in Metro Manila

Market-goers buy local produce at the Kamuning Public Market in Quezon City on Tuesday as Metro Manila reverts to modified enhanced community quarantine until Aug. 18 due to the rising COVID-19 cases. Quezon City residents going out to buy essential goods are required to bring barangay-issued quarantine passes, while employees may show company-issued IDs when going to work. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Checkpoints return as Metro Manila reverts to MECQ

Traffic builds up along EDSA in Mandaluyong City as enforcers from the PNP Highway Patrol Group inspect vehicles at a checkpoint on Tuesday, the first day of Metro Manila being under two-week modified enhanced community quarantine. Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal reverted also to the stricter lockdown after health workers warned the country was losing the fight against COVID-19 with total cases of the disease surging past 100,000. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

VP Robredo's office revives free shuttle service for health workers, frontliners during MECQ

A woman’s temperature is checked before being allowed to ride a free shuttle for health workers and other frontliners provided by the office of Vice President Leni Robredo along EDSA cor. Ortigas Avenue on Tuesday. The free shuttle program, which has 8 routes traversing mostly areas of major hospitals in Metro Manila, was revived by Robredo's office because of limited transportation during the reimposition of Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine in the capital amid the rising cases of COVID-19. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Airport disinfection, as MECQ grounds domestic flights

A worker disenfects carts at the airport in Manila on Tuesday, the first day of the two-week reimposed Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine. More than 27 million people, a quarter of the Philippine population, were give 24 hours' notice of the new restrictions that have shuttered many businesses, halted public transport and grounded flights in the capital and four surrounding provinces, as the government battles to rein in the virus. Ted Aljibe, AFP