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Coronavirus latest: Japan’s first antigen test kit approved

The Nikkei Asian Review is tracking the spread of the new coronavirus that originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

Global cases have reached 4,098,018, according to the World Health Organization.

The worldwide death toll has hit 283,271.

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Here are the latest developments (Tokyo time):

Wednesday, May 13

9:27 a.m. Japan’s Miraca Holdings announces that subsidiary Fujirebio has government approval for a test kit that allows quick coronavirus diagnosis, with sales starting today. This is the first antigen test kit approved

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China loosens coronavirus test kit export requirements

China has reversed its decision to tighten export controls on COVID-19 test kits and other medical products, which came after reports that substandard items had been sold in several countries.

Since Sunday, China has no longer required COVID-19 test kits to be registered with and approved by the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) prior to export. Instead, manufacturers only need to obtain overseas approval and submit assurances that the product meets the importing country or region’s product standards.

The new policy was jointly issued Friday night by China’s Ministry of Commerce, the General Administration of Customs and the State Administration

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