Japanese Govt. Aims For 15 Min. Coronavirus Test

Japanese govt. aims for 15 min. coronavirus test

The Japanese government says it has developed technology that can determine whether a person has the new coronavirus in just 15 minutes.

The device is made by a Japanese pharmaceutical company. A government official says the virus can be detected with new technology developed by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology.

The government is hoping to start using the new method as early as next month after checking whether it is as accurate as the current test.

Up to 3,800 people a day can be tested for the coronavirus with the current method. But the Japanese health ministry says it takes roughly four to six hours to get the results.