PRO/AH/EDR> Novel coronavirus (39): China, global, false negative NAT tests, WHO

Coronavirus — China
China’s ability to control a rapidly spreading coronavirus epidemic is under further strain amid fears that a key test used to confirm new cases is failing to catch large numbers of people with the disease. Problems with so-called nucleic acid tests (NATs) widely used to identify the presence of the previously unknown pneumonia-causing virus make it likely that many infections are going uncounted even as the number of confirmed cases continues to spiral.
Authorities are still struggling to