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GOJ to approve antigen test kit soon

  • May 9, 2020
  • , Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei
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Saturday’s Nikkei, Yomiuri, and Mainichi reported that the Health Ministry plans to approve next week an antigen test kit for the novel coronavirus developed by a local manufacturer. As the kit can detect the presence of COVID-19 antigen in only about 15 minutes, it will reportedly be used to supplement the more accurate PCR diagnostic test. Sankei wrote on Sunday that the manufacturer plans to produce some 200,000 kits per week and may boost output if demand increases.  Monday’s Nikkei wrote that the Health Ministry is planning to test 400,000 people for the virus per week after approving the nation’s first antigen test kit for COVID-19 on Wednesday.

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