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Japan to Conduct 10,000 Antibody Tests in June

| Health , Tokyo
Japan to Conduct 10,000 Antibody Tests in June

The Japanese government will conduct antibody tests for the novel coronavirus starting early June to get a better idea of its spread. Health minister Kato Katsunobu said Friday the tests will cover nearly 10,000 people in Tokyo, Osaka and Miyagi Prefectures.

He said the samplings from Tokyo and Osaka, where there were many confirmed cases, and Miyagi, where there were few, are expected to shed light on the antibody prevalence for the general population. The existence of antibodies for the coronavirus in the blood indicates the person has been infected. The tests will be conducted on about 3,000 randomly selected adults in each prefecture. Officials will take their blood samples after obtaining consent. The health ministry hopes to utilize the test results for measures to prevent future infections.