Will Japan’s virus testing policy be enough to flatten the curve? | The Japan Times
Starting Monday, laboratories and medical institutions tasked with testing for novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 have been able to purchase kits that can detect the virus in 15 minutes — far quicker than the tests currently used at facilities designated to treat COVID-19 patients.
A spokeswoman for textile and chemical product company Kurabo Industries Ltd., which sells the 15-minute test kits developed by a Chinese firm, said it has the capacity to supply 10,000 tests per day and may increase production should the need arise.
According to the company, the test kits can help detect infections even before symptoms appear. The tests are conducted by placing a drop of blood and a reagent onto a special membrane, which identifies whether antibodies are present. Infection with the new virus is confirmed if antibodies specific to it are detected in the blood.