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Japan to boost regional PCR test capacities

  • April 16, 2020
  • , Jiji Press , 7:04 p.m.
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Tokyo, April 16 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s health ministry asked local governments on Wednesday to allow regional medical associations to set up special outpatient facilities to deal with people concerned about their possible infection with the new coronavirus.

The ministry aims to improve capacities across the country for polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, tests, used to detect coronavirus infections, in response to requests from people facing difficulty in taking such tests.

Currently, people who are concerned about the possibility of having been infected with the virus first need to contact consultation centers at regional public health offices, according to the ministry.

If doctors deem it necessary, such people then undergo PCR tests at special outpatient facilities for potential coronavirus patients.

But an increasing number of people are complaining that they have been unable to take PCR tests as public health offices are too busy dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, sources familiar with the situation said.

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