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Faster coronavirus test submitted for approval in Japan

Antigen kit from Miraca unit can produce results in under an hour

A medical worker in Tokyo conducts a simulation for a drive-through PCR test for coronavirus disease. Antigen tests also use samples taken with a swab.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- A unit of Japanese medical diagnostics company Miraca Holdings has applied for government approval of a coronavirus testing kit that can produce results much faster than current mainstay tests.

Tokyo-based Fujirebio filed the application for the antigen test on Monday, according to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

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