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THE DAY IN PHOTOS: February 4, 2020

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 05 2020 12:19 AM

Here are the big stories today in photos

Safety measures against 2019-nCoV

Foreign passengers wear surgical masks, rain coats and surgical gloves as protection from the 2019-nCov as they leave for their respective flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport – Terminal 1 on Tuesday morning. At least 300 flights in the Philippines were affected by the travel ban to China, Hong Kong and Macau as imposed by the Bureau of Immigration on Monday to prevent spread of 2019-nCoV in the county. Raoul Esperas, ABS-CBN News

Facing the 2019-nCoV challenge

President Duterte reads a report on the 2019 novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) during a briefing at the Malacañan Palace on Monday. Duterte met with the Cabinet officials and representatives from the World Health Organization to discuss steps in preventing the spread of the 2019-nCoV, 2 days after the health department confirmed 2 positive coronavirus infections and 80 patients under investigation in the country. Toto Lozano, Presidential Photo

'Close the border. Delay no more.'

Medical workers hold a strike as they demand for Hong Kong to close its border with China to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus in Hong Kong, China on Tuesday. Hong Kong reported its first death from 2091-nCOV as death toll rose to 420 and cases of infection to 20,438 in 23 countries. Tyrone Siu, Reuters

Duque defends gov't response to 2019-nCoV outbreak

Health Secretary Francis Duque answers questions during a committee hearing on the government’s preparedness on the 2019-nCoV outbreak, held at the Philippine Senate on Tuesday. Senators questioned the slow tracing of passengers of flights taken of the 2 patients tested positive from 2019-nCoV. Around 17 percent of more than 300 passengers have been contacted, according to DOH. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Virus protection

Travelers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 are seen wearing face masks as a precaution against the 2019 Novel Coronavirus on Tuesday. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Tuesday that the National Bureau of Investigation can help in tracing people who may have been exposed to two patients confirmed to be carriers of the virus - Chinese nationals who arrived in the country from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the outbreak. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

QC General Hospital sets up isolation tent for 2019-nCoV

Medical staff prepare a check-up section outside an isolation tent installed for patients who may have to be checked for symptoms of the new coronavirus at the Quezon City General Hospital on Tuesday. President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the allocation of some P2 billion in funds for the protection of health workers involved in containing the 2019-nCoV, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said on Tuesday. Rolex Dela Pena, EPA-EFE

Swine fever checkpoint

People at a checkpoint entering Santa Maria, Davao Occidental use mandatory disinfectant foot baths on Tuesday to prevent the further spread of the African Swine Fever, as some 10,000 hogs have been infected in some of the province’s municipalities. The whole province has been put under a state of calamity in a bid to contain the outbreak. Manman Dejeto, ABS-CBN News

2019-nCoV Senate hearing

Senators Joel Villanueva, Koko Pimentel, and Risa Hontiveros share a spray bottle of alcohol during a committee hearing on the government’s preparedness on the reported outbreak of the 2019-nCoV at the Senate on Tuesday. Health Secretary Francis Duque III blamed his subordinates and said “heads will roll” after he was chided by lawmakers for a “failure of leadership” due to the slow progress of tracing individuals who may have come into contact with 2 Chinese tourists who tested positive for the 2019-nCoV. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News