A bus arrives at the cruise ship Diamond Princess, where dozens of passengers were tested positive for coronavirus, at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan, February 16, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato
TOKYO, Feb 18 (MENA) - Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Tuesday Japan is aiming to start trials soon using an HIV treatment for the coronavirus, The New York Times reported.
"We’re currently preparing to start clinical trials using HIV medication on the novel coronavirus," Suga, the government’s top spokesman, said at a daily press briefing.
He added that he could not comment on how long it would take for the new drug to be approved.
Japan now has seen over 500 coronavirus cases, with more than 450 of them from a cruise ship docked in Yokohama.