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MHLW to conduct COVID-19 antibody testing

  • April 18, 2020
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Nikkei
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The Saturday editions of Asahi, Nikkei, and Mainichi reported that the MHLW will conduct antibody testing for COVID-19 to determine the extent and speed of the spread of the virus. Nikkei said the MHLW is preparing to begin the testing as early as this month. According to Asahi, the tests will be conducted on several thousand people. The papers wrote that unlike PCR tests, which detect the presence of the virus itself, antibody tests can identify who has been infected with the coronavirus and recovered.

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