Japan asks China to stop anal swab tests for Covid-19 on its citizens

Japan asks China to stop anal tests on its citizens
Some Japanese citizens have complained of being made to take the test when they entered China. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: Japan has asked China to stop taking anal swab tests for coronavirus 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 Covid-19 under control, started carrying out anal swabs in January.

US media reported some US diplomats had complained about the procedure, but China denied last week it had required US diplomats to undergo anal swab tests.

“Some Japanese reported to our embassy in China that they received anal swab tests, which caused great psychological pain,” Japan’s chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said.

He added that it was not known how many Japanese citizens received such tests.

He also said the tests are used on some of those quarantined or entering China, noting their use “has not been confirmed anywhere else in the world”.

Mr Kato said China had not so far responded to the request, adding that the Japanese government had made the request through the embassy in Beijing.

Some Chinese cities have introduced anal swabs to test Covid-19, with local experts claiming they can “increase the detection rate of infected people”.

State media reported at the time of their launch that those tests had been “controversial among experts”, and that they were far less efficient than tests in the upper respiratory tracts.

The existing tests were preferred, as they believe most people contract the Covid-19 orally, they said.

The tests involve inserting a cotton swab 3-5cm into the anus and gently rotating it.

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