Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) death toll in the Philippines climbed to eight, the Department of Health (DOH) announced Saturday.

One of the fatalities died at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Medical Center in San Fernando City, Pampanga.  

The other fatality, Patient Number 40, was admitted at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center who died on March 13, dying of pneumonia and acute kidney injury.

The man was admitted on March 3 and tested positive for the viral infection on March 11.

No further details about the latest victims were provided by the DOH but the agency promised to provide information “as soon as it is available.”

Meanwhile, the sixth death was a 54-year-old male from Lanao del Sur with no known travel history, the DOH confirmed.

Currently, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country is at 98. 

Earlier this week, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic but emphasized that panic is not the right response as they are working hard to alleviate the spread.

China and South Korea are slowly recovering from the devastation brought by COVID-19 while Italy continues to fight for survival as they are now the epicenter of the disease.  (RJ Espartinez)