The health ministry of the Philippines confirmed eight additional deaths due to the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 and also the new virus cases reached 590 cases, on Saturday.

In a bulletin, the ministry said total deaths have increased to 950 while confirmed cases have reached 17,224. It added that 88 more patients have recovered, bringing total recoveries to 3,808.

COVID-19 Cases in Philippines

Peng Zhiyong (C), head of the department of critical care medicine of Zhongnan Hospital, performs diagnosis on a patient with his colleagues in Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, Jan. 24, 2020. Central China's Hubei province reported 105 new confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and seven new deaths on Thursday, the provincial health authorities announced Friday. (Xinhua/Xiong Qi/IANS) IANS

The deadly virus outbreak has created a major stir around the world in recent times claiming the lives of more than 365,000 people globally and also infected over 5.9 million people worldwide in more than 170 countries.

The virus that originated from the Chinese city of Wuhan located in the Hubei province is currently spreading like wildfire. The US is the worst affected nation followed by Brazil and also Russia. The countries are currently starting to open up their economy amid the pandemic.

(With agency inputs)