Has it been wrong, or are the death figures wrong? People are dying, and those deaths are being attributed to CV, when it isn't the cause of death. That would explain the difference. Why hasn't a standardised system been implemented? It's ridiculous that a so-called global pandemic that has shut down half the world has so much ambiguity surrounding it. One way to cause confusion and fear is to carry on the ambiguity. Oh I think it does. What does that paragraph mean to you? When I read this: (individuals with at least one respiratory specimen that tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 at a state or local laboratory) That says to me: Individuals with at least one respiratory specimen that tested positive for the virus that CAUSES covid-19 at a state or local laboratory. Causes covid-19? That would be coronavirus then would it? Of which there are many. And anyone who's got, had, or getting a cold will test positive for coronavirus. Apart from that...(probably because of the high number of false positives from the test) aren't there 4 tests done to confirm covid-19? So one positive test, is only a fraction of the way to an actual positive test. I'd say that a 'presumptive positive' is exactly what it sounds like. I don't see how you could interpret what you posted any differently. And these presumptive cases, are counted as confirmed cases - if that makes sense to you...jeez. That's like getting 2 numbers on the lottery and saying you won the jackpot. It's total BS and the only possible reason for it is to cause fear. End of.