Hiroshima Prefecture of Japan said Friday that it will conduct large-scale corona tests to limit the spread of the virus, which is rare in a country that records few infections compared to other countries.
The province of western Japan aims to carry out “BCR” tests for 800 thousand people, who are residents of the four wings most affected by the virus and workers who move to the city of 1.2 million people.
Hiroshima Prefecture is not covered by the state of emergency currently in effect in Tokyo and 10 other prefectures, but Hiroshima City has been struggling to contain a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks.
“I think that tests of this size have rarely been seen in Japan,” a Hiroshima Prefecture official said, adding, “They say that the Corona virus is transmissible two days before symptoms appear, and some infected people do not necessarily visit clinics in time. We want to catch these people and prevent further infection.” “.
Hiroshima is scheduled to start the testing campaign at the end of this month.
It should be noted, that the total number of Coronavirus infections in Japan amounted to about 310,000, while the number of deaths reached 4,340, according to NHK Public Radio.