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MHLW announces results of antibody testing

  • May 15, 2020
  • , TV Asahi
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TV Asahi reported that Health Minister Kato disclosed today the results of antibody testing conducted by the MHLW’s research team last month. The testing found that 0.6% of people in Tokyo and 0.4% of people in the six prefectures of the Tohoku region tested positive. According to the network, the research team asked the Japan Red Cross Society to administer the antibody test to a total of 1,000 people in Tokyo and Tohoku. While the purpose of the test was to check the performance of several test kits and confirm the spread of the virus, the network said the team found that 3 in 500 people in Tokyo and 2 in 500 people in Tohoku tested positive. The network also said, however, that 2 of the 500 blood samples taken in January to March last year also tested positive for the antibody. Minister Kato reportedly said: “It is natural to think that there is a certain percentage of false positives. We were advised by experts that it is not appropriate to indicate a percentage of people with antibodies after administering the test to such a small number of people.” The network said the MHLW is planning to administer a large-scale antibody test to about 10,000 people starting next month.

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