.
.
.
.
Coronavirus

Japan requests for China to stop anal swab COVID-19 tests on its citizens

Published: Updated:

Tokyo has requested Beijing to stop taking anal swab tests for COVID-19 on Japanese citizens as the procedure causes psychological pain, a government spokesman said on Monday.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said the government has not received a response that Beijing would change the testing procedure, so Japan would continue to ask China to alter the way of testing.

For more coronavirus news, visit our dedicated page.

“Some Japanese reported to our embassy in China that they received anal swab tests, which caused a great psychological pain,” Kato told a news conference.

It was not known how many Japanese citizens received such tests for the coronavirus, he said.



Some Chinese cities are using samples taken from the anus to detect potential COVID-19 infections as China steps up screening to make sure no potential carrier of the new coronavirus is missed.

China’s foreign ministry denied last month that US diplomats in the country had been required to take anal swab tests for COVID-19, following media reports that some had complained about the procedure.

Read more:

China denies requiring US diplomats to take anal COVID-19 swabs

China set to deliver 400,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to Afghanistan

UK aid charities caution risk of pandemic-induced famine in poorer nations