Japan to start with antibodies tests of COVID-19 from June

To understand the origin and spread of the coronavirus more precisely, the Japan’s Health Ministry has announced on May 22 the plans to begin conducting 10,000 antibody tests on residents of Tokyo, Osaka and north-eastern Miyagi prefecture.

The Health Ministry hopes to utilize the test results to help prevent future infections. The tests will be conducted starting in June on about 3,000 randomly selected adults in each prefecture. Officials will take their blood samples after obtaining consent, said the Ministry.

Both Tokyo and Osaka have witnessed many confirmed cases of COVID-19 while in Miyagi there have been only few cases.

Health Minister Kato Katsunobu said that the samplings from Tokyo and Osaka and Miyagi are expected to shed light on the antibody prevalence for the general population.

The existence of antibodies in the blood indicates if the person has been infected or exposed to COVID-19 and may also shed light on those who had the virus but showed no symptoms. 

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