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Corporate Japan rushes to devise quick coronavirus tests

New kits may arrive in summer but some will face government scrutiny

Japanese companies have joined the global scramble to come up with a faster coronavirus test that does not compromise on accuracy.   © 2020 IVDC China CDC/ Kyodo

TOKYO -- With COVID-19 spreading from China to other countries, pharmaceutical, chemical and other companies are rushing to develop quick test kits that promise to facilitate quarantine procedures.

COVID-19 is the new name for the novel coronavirus discovered in China in December. It has so far infected more than 70,000 people and killed 1,770. Most of the cases and deaths have been recorded in mainland China, though the virus has been reported in at least 26 countries.

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