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It’s not all bad in the fight against the coronavirus. Let’s leave you with five reasons to be cheerful, in the form of positive developments vs. COVID-19 from Japan:

Lungs from living donors transplanted to COVID-19 survivor | NIPPON TV NEWS 24 JAPAN
Lungs from living donors transplanted to COVID-19 survivor | NIPPON TV NEWS 24 JAPAN
  • A Japanese team has found some existing medicines effective in inhibiting RNA viruses, including the new coronavirus, through an experiment using induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. These included drugs currently used to treat osteoporosis and diabetes, as well as remdesivir, an antiviral drug already approved in Japan as a COVID-19 treatment.
  • Privately-run COVID-19 testing centers for passengers boarding at Haneda Airport in Tokyo opened Saturday, offering antigen tests, which provide results in roughly 15 minutes, for ¥1,800 ($16), and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, which take longer, for ¥1,900.
  • A fully automated coronavirus PCR testing system began operations at Fujita Health University in Aichi Prefecture last month. The system, housed in a container 2.5 meters wide and 12.2 meters long, has 13 robotic arms and conducts all the steps required to test samples without human intervention.

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