The government of Japan intends on 13 may to approve the use of a rapid test, capable of 15 minutes to identify the patient of a new type of coronavirus. On Sunday, reports the Sankei newspaper.

The test set developed by a Japanese company Fujirebio, allows to detect in the body of coronavirus antigens against which the immune system produces antibodies infected. A similar study can be conducted directly in hospitals, while common in Japan, the PCR tests to detect virus RNA, which takes several hours, lack of laboratory conditions. However, the new system is inferior in accuracy of the PCR analogues, therefore, the authorities intend to combine their use for maximum efficiency.

On April 8 in Tokyo and the surrounding prefectures of Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba, the prefectures of Osaka and Hyogo Prefecture in the southwest of the Japanese main island of Honshu and Fukuoka Prefecture in Kyushu began to act in an emergency situation (es) announced by the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe. On 16 April, the head of the government has expanded it to the entire country. 4 may the validity of a state of emergency was extended until may 31.

The total number of confirmed cases of infection with coronavirus in Japan exceeded 16.4 thousand, with 270 of those infected are in serious condition, documented 637 deaths.