Japan asks China to stop anal swab tests on its citizens
Published: 10:38 AM, 2 March 2021 Updated: 10:38 AM, 2 March 2021
Japan has asked China to stop taking anal swab tests for Covid-19 on its citizens when they enter the country.
According to BBC, citing Japan’s official, such a method caused them “psychological distress”.
“Some Japanese reported to our embassy in China that they received anal swab tests, which caused great psychological pain,” said Katsunobu Kato, Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan.
It was not known how many Japanese citizens received such tests, he added.
China, the country that largely brought the Covid-19 virus under control, started carrying out anal swab tests in January.
“The tests are used on those who quarantined or entering China,” Katsunobu Kato said, noting that “such a method do not use anywhere else in the world.”
However, Chinese authorities denied such a procedure, although US media reported that some US diplomats had to undergo such tests while entering China.