The Qatari government said in a statement that the travel ban is the first step that comes in line with its effort to take all necessary preventive measures to limit the spread of the COVID-19. MANILA – Senators expressed theirconcern over the limited number of available coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19) testing kits in the country. According to POEA, around 3,000 overseas Filipino workerswill be affected by Qatar and Kuwait’s travel suspension. Aside from the Philippines, Qatar have also imposed travel ban on Doha-bound passengers from Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, South Korea, Lebanon, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Syria and Thailand. POEA head Bernard Olalia said this during Monday’s Senate economic affairs hearing on the impact risk assessment of COVID-19, which was caused by the virus called SARS-CoV-2 – as named by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses. (With a report from GMA News/PN) The Department of Health (DOH) on Sundayconfirmed four new COVID-19 patients on Sunday, bringing the total in thecountry to 10. “As we speak today, our stock on hand isgood for 2,000 tests,” Dr. Rosanna Ditangco from the Research Institute onTropical Medicine testified during a Senate inquiry. The Department of Health currently has 2,000 testing kits and is expecting to receive 4,500 more from the World Health Organization. GMA NEWS “There’s an incoming 4,500 extractionkits po from WHO. That would be goodfor 2,000 individuals,” Dr. Alethea De Guzman said. Meanwhile, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) two countries imposed a temporary entry ban on travelers from 14 countries, including the Philippines, in light of the virus outbreak. Ditangco added that the institute wasrequesting for an additional P43 million in funding for “various needs,”including the procurement of COVID-19 testing kits. The Kuwait government, meanwhile, have also imposed the temporary travel ban on the entry of Filipinos there, the Department of Foreign Affairs said. Another Department of Health officialmeanwhile said that more equipment was arriving through the World HealthOrganization (WHO).