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China to introduce rapid antigen tests for first time as Covid outbreaks spread: health commission

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China said Friday it would introduce the use of rapid antigen tests for the first time, as Covid-19 cases nationwide soared to their highest levels in two years on the back of the omicron variant.

The National Health Commission said the self-test kits would now be available for clinics and ordinary citizens to buy via “retail pharmacies, online sales platforms and other channels”, as authorities locked down a northern city of nine million and closed schools in Shanghai to bring infections down.


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