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How COVID-19 quarantine changed people's lives

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 17 2020 02:57 AM

As Metro Manila experienced its first workday under a community quarantine enforced by the national government to stop the spread of COVID-19, workers woke up to the reality of the situation.

As some waited for hours to catch a ride to work, others threw social distancing by the wayside just to get to their destination on time. 

The announcement of the “enhanced community quarantine,” which encompasses the whole of Luzon, also made people scramble to the nearest supermarkets in a bid to stock up on supplies to tide them over until the quarantine is lifted.

Not all areas however were as chaotic. Some establishments and government offices put in place regulations to encourage social distancing. Some checkpoints were also manned by medical personnel to check on people’s temperature and if they had any symptoms of the virus. 

President Rodrigo Duterte also appealed to employers to continue paying their workers's salaries during the quarantine period to ensure their income. 

Here are some scenes:

Motorists are checked by the PNP at a checkpoint at the Susana Heights exit of the South Luzon Expressway on Monday. Commuters saw an increase in traffic congestion on the first work day of the implementation of the NCR community quarantine. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Vehicles line up at a checkpoint in Susana Heights exit of the South Luzon Expressway. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Commuters struggle to catch a ride on Commonwealth Avenue on the second day of the Metro Manila community quarantine. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News 

Commuters spill on to the road in as they try to catch a PUV to get to their destination in Commonwealth Avenue. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Health workers from the Valenzuela City government check the temperatures of motorcycle riders and pedestrians entering from Meycauayan, Bulacan at the checkpoint between Valenzuela City and Meycauayan. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

People line-up at MRT Shaw Station on the first day of the work week under the Metro Manila-wide quarantine. The MRT is implementing a social distancing scheme by placing commuters at a one-meter distance from each other. Larry Monserate Piojo, ABS-CBN News

Normaly a bustling central business district, Ortigas is practically empty of the usual people and vehicles getting to work. Larry Monserate Piojo, ABS-CBN News

Mall security checks the temperature of a customer who wishes to enter the premises on Monday. On Sunday, major malls announced their temporary closures following the community quarantine. Larry Monserate Piojo, ABS-CBN News

Social distancing is no longer followed as commuters eager to go home after work during rush hour pack themselves in a bus travelling along EDSA in Mandaluyong City. Larry Monserate Piojo, ABS-CBN News

A drug store which remains open alongside closed establishments is filled with people at a mall in Mandaluyong City. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

People lining up for medical assistance application observe the one seat apart rule inside the Quezon City Hall. Authorities have implemented a community quarantine in NCR and encouraged “social distancing” to fight the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

People lining up at the taxpayer’s lounge also observe the one seat apart rule at the Quezon City Hall. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

A security guard requires people to wash their hands before lining up for the NBI and police clearance application. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

A Filipino soldier uses a thermal scanner to check the temperature of bus passengers entering the metropolis at a checkpoint on the SLEX entry point of San Pedro City. Francis R. Malasig, EPA-EFE

Philippine Marines are deployed to augment police in motorist verification operations at the quarantine border of Rizal and Pasig City. Rolex Dela Pena, ABS-CBN News

People react as they are stopped by PNP personnel manning the checkpoint at the border of Brgy. Batasan Hills, Quezon City and San Mateo, Rizal after Malacañang instituted an enhanced community quarantine on Monday. They were eventually given 30 minutes to cross into Quezon City. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Some people are turned away by PNP personnel manning the checkpoint at the border of Brgy. Batasan Hills, Quezon City and San Mateo, Rizal. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

People enter the border of Batasan in Quezon City and San Mateo, Rizal after they were given around 30 minutes to cross by PNP personnel manning the checkpoint before closing it on Monday. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

The line at a grocery store in San Mateo, Rizal reaches outside as people stock up on supplies after the government declared an enhanced community lockdown. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Shoppers flock to a supermarket in Quezon City and stock up on groceries as they wear protective masks. Eloisa Lopez, Reuters

Markings are put at a drug store in San Mateo in a bid to implement social distancing. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Filipino policemen gather under a tent as President Rodrigo Duterte announces the the enhanced community quarantine for the whole of Luzon. Basilio H. Sepe, ABS-CBN News

A father holds on to his child as they walk to their destination while traffic builds at a checkpoint that has been deployed as part of the government’s preventive measure on the spread of COVID-19. Basilio H. Sepe, ABS-CBN News