Embassy bureaucrats refused to test staff exposed to coronavirus

The Daily Beast has learned that the (US embassy in Tokyo) exposed at least five employees to fully virulent coronavirus sufferers from the cruise ship Diamond Princess last month, and when they all asked to be tested, the U.S Embassy Tokyo Deputy Consul General Timothy G. Smith not only refused to do so unless they exhibited symptoms, he strongly discouraged them from getting outside testing.

Given mounting evidence that the disease can be transmitted by people with few or no symptoms, that would seem to be the height of folly. But in the mire of bureaucratic and political stubbornness, great plagues can grow.

…Questions about this issue, when put to the embassy, were kicked to the State Department in Washington, which gave this response on Monday:

“Throughout this crisis, we have continuously worked hard to ensure the safety of our staff, including through training and the provision of appropriate personal protective equipment by U.S. Government medical professionals. All health and safety protocols have been strictly followed.”…

From such vague responses to specific questions it‘s clear that, as our reporting shows, actual testing for infection is not part of the program–unless there are symptoms…

Is it a coverup, a fuckup, a compromise or just the way things are? Hard to say, but the Tokyo embassy scandal raises questions the entire United States and its public servants will be facing soon…

RTFA for details and more. I’d suggest you query your elected officials, maybe even try getting straight answers from the Trumplets in Washington, DC.. If we don’t raise a stink out here – the smell from the government is only going to get worse.

How folks in 34 countries feel about democracy…

People around the world are widely dissatisfied with democracy in their country and believe that elected officials don’t care what people like them think, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Global opinion is more divided on the question of whether the state is run for the benefit of all, while people generally agree that voting gives them a say about how the government runs things in their country.

Here’s a link to eight charts that show how people around the world see the state of democracy in their country, based on the new report…

Here’s one of them: