To test or not to test

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Updated May 23, 2020, 10:29 AM

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By TONYO CRUZ

Tonyo Cruz

Official data from the Department of Health reveal a hidden folly of the the administration’s coronavirus testing policy: Out of 842 deaths officially recorded as caused by COVID-19, a staggering 457 of them were declared as positive posthumously — sometimes more than a week after they flatlined.

That’s over 50 percent of the total deaths. In more than half of all deaths, it takes the DOH nine days after death to make a public announcement that a patient indeed died of COVID-19.

Elsewhere in the periodic DOH data drops, the independent monitor covid19stats.ph has also pointed out discrepancies between national tallies of regional and provincial reports of tested individuals found positive for coronavirus, and the tallies

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