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MHLW to approve PCR test kit that uses saliva samples

  • May 12, 2020
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Mainichi wrote that the Health Ministry plans to approve later this month a PCR test to detect novel coronavirus infection using saliva, projecting that the move will lead to a rise in the number of PCR tests conducted.


Meanwhile, Yomiuri and Sankei highlighted press remarks by Tokyo Governor Koike yesterday. She reportedly suggested that her government will conduct COVID-19 antibody and antigen tests independent of those to be undertaken by the central government. She also disclosed that Tokyo will soon be able to secure some 3,300 hospital beds for COVID-19 patients.

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