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Tokyo airports adopt 1-hour coronavirus test, down from 2 days

Antigen saliva tests to double screening capacity for international arrivals

Tokyo's Haneda Airport will expand testing capacity to 3,800 people daily from 2,000. (Photo by Kei Higuchi)

TOKYO -- The two airports serving Tokyo have started conducting coronavirus antigen tests for international arrivals that produce results in about an hour, helping them roughly double testing capacity.

Haneda and Narita airports have relied solely on polymerase chain reaction genetic diagnostic tests to screen for the virus. The PCR test can take up to two days for results.

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