Japan Surpasses 20,000 Daily PCR Testing Capacity Target

TOKYO – Japan has surpassed its target to increase polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing capacity for the new coronavirus to 20,000 a day.

“The latest PCR test processing capacity as of May 31 is around 25,800 tests per day,” Health Minister Katsunobu Kato told reporters at a press conference Tuesday.

The figure exceeded the target announced by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last month.

“The number of local PCR testing centers has rapidly increased from 20 locations nationwide on May 1 to the most recent figure of 157 locations as of June 1,” Kato added. -  Florenda Corpuz

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