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More PCR test centers set up across Japan

  • May 21, 2020
  • , Nikkei
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Nikkei front-paged a story on accelerated moves by a number of prefectural and municipal governments nationwide to launch their own facilities for conducting PCR diagnostic testing for COVID-19, saying that a total of 110 testing centers have been established in the past month, including 29 in Tokyo and 16 in Kanagawa. Some local governments plan to set up makeshift hospitals designed to exclusively treat coronavirus patients with moderate or serious symptoms in order to prepare for a “second wave” of infection in the autumn or later. While noting that demand for PCR testing appears to have been declining gradually, the daily said increasing these facilities to prepare for a future outbreak is not easy given the shortage of infection disease experts and lab technicians. Many healthcare practitioners are reportedly hesitant to work at such hospitals out of fear of discrimination against people who may have been exposed to the virus.

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