To enjoy our content, please include The Japan Times on your ad-blocker's list of approved sites. Japan has asked China to avoid using anal swabs to test its citizens for the novel coronavirus, saying the method has prompted complaints of "psychological distress. Tokyo's intervention comes after reports that U. China, which has largely brought the virus under control domestically, said last month that anal swabs could be more effective than normal throat and nose tests as the virus can linger longer in the digestive system. But Japanese government spokesman Katsunobu Kato said late Monday that Tokyo had made a formal request through its embassy in Beijing that people arriving from the country be exempted.
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China has made anal swab tests for the coronavirus mandatory for almost all international arrivals, deepening a row with other countries over a practice many have described as humiliating. South Korea appears to have accepted that offer and Japan is also understood to be in talks about a deal that. Subscription Notification. We have noticed that there is an issue with your subscription billing details. Please update your billing details here. Please update your billing information. The subscription details associated with this account need to be updated.
Covid: Japan asks China to stop anal tests on its citizens
Tokyo has requested Beijing to stop taking anal swab tests for Covid on Japanese citizens because the procedure causes psychological pain, a government spokesperson has said. It was not known how many Japanese citizens received such tests for the coronavirus, he said. Some Chinese cities were using samples taken from the anus to detect potential coronavirus infections as China stepped up screening to make sure no potential infection was missed. In January, state TV said the swabs were being used to test those China considered to be at high risk of contracting coronavirus.
Japan has asked China to stop taking anal swab tests for Covid on its citizens when they enter the country. Some have complained that the procedure caused them "psychological distress", officials say. China, which has largely brought the virus under control, started carrying out anal swabs in January.