Japan developing rapid test kit for coronavirus

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced during a parliamentary speech that the development of rapid test kits for the 2019 novel coronavirus is underway to support screening at a wider array of medical institutions, including private ones.

Currently, virus testing is only conducted at state-run or public institutions such as the National Institute of Infectious Diseases. In response to this concern, Abe said, “We have already embarked on the development of a simple test kit. As cases of infection in Japan are rising, it's an urgent task to improve testing [for the virus] and enhance consultation services.”

The Japanese government is also working to ensure that people have access to medical devices and supplies, such as masks. Abe also announced in the speech that Japan is working closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) to prevent the coronavirus outbreak from impacting the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics this summer. 

News article – Mainichi Shimbun