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Saitama expands scope of PCR testing to head off cluster infections

  • July 29, 2020
  • , Yomiuri
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Yomiuri reported online that starting today the Saitama prefectural government has expanded the scope of its PCR virus testing to cover not only those who have been in close contact with COVID-19 carriers but everyone who was in the same location as an infected person even if they have no symptoms. Such locations will include hospitals, nursing homes, childcare facilities, schools, fitness clubs, nightclubs, and karaoke establishments. For instance, all students and teachers who have been on the same floor or in the same classroom as a virus carrier will be tested. Saitama Governor Ono said the aggressive testing is intended to head off cluster infections.

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