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Increase in PCR testing holds key to reopening Japanese economy

  • May 3, 2020
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Sunday’s Nikkei wrote that nations around the world are expanding PCR testing in preparation for reopening their economies. The paper said that although Japan has set a goal of conducting 20,000 tests per day, the nation lags far behind such countries as Germany, which aims to carry out 200,000 daily tests, and the United States, which has set a goal of 290,000. The paper argued that it will be difficult for Japan to lift the state of emergency unless it increases testing because assessing the current spread of the new coronavirus accurately will be indispensable for reopening the economy. The paper wrote that although the GOJ explains that it has set a goal of increasing the number of tests per day to 20,000 and has boosted daily testing capacity to 15,000, the actual number of tests being conducted is still only around 8,000 to 9,000 per day.

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