You are here: Home » International » News » Others
Business Standard

Japan to complete new round of Covid-19 antibody tests by year-end

Japan has witnessed a recent rapid resurgence in the number of new cases

Topics
Coronavirus Tests | Coronavirus Vaccine

IANS  |  Tokyo 

'Higher' culture Japan acted like Covid-19 had gone, but now its everywhere
File Photo: People in Japan wearing masks to prevent contracting Covid-19

The Japanese government on Friday said that a new round of antibody tests on some 15,000 people will be completed by the end of this year, as it seeks to better grasp the scale of the pandemic's spread in the country.

Health Minister Norihisa Tamura told a press conference that the tests will take place in Tokyo, Osaka and three other prefectures including Miyagi, Aichi and Fukuoka, reports Xinhua news agency.

Japan has witnessed a recent rapid resurgence in the number of new cases, with several major cities, including Tokyo and Osaka, requesting night-life establishments to shorten their operating hours to prevent the spread of the virus.

According to the Ministry, the results will help health officials understand more accurately to what extent the pandemic has spread in the country as antibodies to the virus would be present even in those who are without symptoms.

In June, Japan tested around 8,000 people for antibodies, with the results showing a 0.10-per cent infection rate in Tokyo, the epicentre of the country's pandemic.

Meanwhile, the infection rates for Osaka and Miyagi Prefecture stood at 0.17 per cent and 0.03 per cent, respectively.

Some health experts said the results showed a very limited spread of the in the three regions as the figures were much lower than some 20 per cent detected in New York and 5 per cent in Spain.

Japan has so far reported more than 140,000 coronavirus cases and 1,996 deaths.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Fri, November 27 2020. 13:38 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU
.