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Rapid-fire coronavirus kits aim to fill Japan's testing gap

Textile maker Kurabo's antibody tests takes 10-15 minutes

Widely used PCR testing for the coronavirus takes 4 to 6 hours to deliver results.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- With Japan struggling with limited testing capacity for the coronavirus, companies are coming to the rescue with test kits that significantly reduce the time needed to deliver a result.

Textile maker Kurabo Industries has developed a blood test that detects antibodies produced by an infection. The test, which takes 10 to 15 minutes, is already in use in Germany and Singapore as a preliminary assessment.

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