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COVID-19 patient says his family wasn’t permitted to undergo testing for coronavirus

  • April 17, 2020
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NHK reported this morning that a man in his 60s in Hyogo who has been hospitalized since he tested positive for COVID-19 told the network on Thursday that his mother who lives with him was initially not allowed to undergo PCR virus testing. The man argued that everyone who needs to be tested should be allowed to be tested. According to the network, the man developed a fever and tested positive for the virus on April 6 after a cluster of infections was confirmed at his father’s elderly care center in March. His father tested negative. The man reportedly asked the public health center to allow his mother, who is in her 90s, to undergo PCR testing as well, but was told that she did not meet the criteria. He reportedly said: “My mother was in and out of the hospital at the end of last year because of lung disease. She’s over 90 and it would be life-threatening for her if she were to contract the coronavirus. I asked the public health center if they were willing take responsibility if she were to die.” According to the network, the health center finally allowed his mother to get tested and the result came back positive. The man reportedly said: “I cannot accept the fact that a patient’s family members were not allowed to undergo testing. If I hadn’t been allowed to get tested, then I would have spread the virus unwittingly. PCR testing must be thoroughly carried out in order to stop the spread of the virus as soon as possible.”

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