With the number of COVID-19 infections continuing to grow in Japan and the nation’s efforts to contain the outbreak having yet to show results, some are asking whether current testing policy is adequate to manage the pandemic.

Starting Monday, laboratories and medical institutions tasked with testing for novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 have been able to purchase kits that can detect the virus in 15 minutes — far quicker than the tests currently used at facilities designated to treat COVID-19 patients.

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