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Japan to scrap 37.5 C fever rule for PCR testing

Health ministry to allow consultations for people with breathing issues, fatigue

PCR screening is the most common form of testing for the new coronavirus. (Photo courtesy of Toyobo)

TOKYO -- Japan's health ministry is set to scrap a rule that requires people to have had a fever of 37.5 C or higher for four days or longer before being eligible for a coronavirus test.

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare's new policy will specify that people should contact authorities immediately if they have difficulty breathing or feel exhausted.

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