Statistics on active COVID-19 cases in Slovakia might be distorted

Slovakia’s number of active cases could fall below zero on the Worldometer due to the way the authorities report the number of recovered patients, The Slovak Spectator reports. [Shutterstock/Quatrox Production]

Slovakia’s number of active cases could fall below zero on the Worldometer due to the way the authorities report the number of recovered patients, The Slovak Spectator reports

Several analysts working with the Slovak coronavirus data have recently pointed out that the statistics on recovered patients include not only the number of positive cases identified by PCR tests but also those who have recovered after testing positive with an antigen test.

However, it is not clearly stated in the statistics that the number includes both categories.

Since the statistics include the number of recovered patients who were first revealed as positive by both PCR and antigen tests, it is possible that the final number of active cases will soon fall below zero, even though Slovakia is still at the height of the second wave of the pandemic.

The statistics on recovered patients are, however, provided by the Public Health Authority (ÚVZ), which does not plan to change its method of reporting, Marek Eliáš from ÚVZ told The Slovak Spectator(Irena Jenčová | EURACTIV.sk)

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