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Coronavirus

Japan's testing bottleneck sows wider virus dissemination

Capacity fails to catch up to outbreak as private labs remain unutilized

A medical worker practices performing a coronavirust test at a makeshift facility in Yokohama.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- In early April, it took an average 5.5 days from when people in Japan developed fevers or coughs to receiving positive test results for the new coronavirus. As of Saturday, it had slowed to 7.3 days. 

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