Cases average around 1,000 daily — ORANGE COUNTY TRIBUNE (California)

MASKS, sanitizers and social distancing are weapons in the battle against the coronavirus (Shutterstock). New cases of coronavirus in Orange County are now averaging about 1,000 a day, according to the latest report from the county health care agency. No tally was posted on Thursday because of the Thanksgiving holiday, so the two-day total released…

Cases average around 1,000 daily — ORANGE COUNTY TRIBUNE

L.A. County adopts new stay-at-home order amid COVID surge – Los Angeles Times (insufficient, I think – need Fed action on pay and emergency assistance)

The restrictions, which will last for three weeks, are not as severe as those imposed this spring.

“Residents are advised to stay home as much as possible and always wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when they are outside their household and around others,” the county health department said.

The order prohibits all public and private gatherings with individuals not in the same household, except for religious services and protests.

Source: L.A. County adopts new stay-at-home order amid COVID surge – Los Angeles Times

Sweden’s coronavirus plan failed to stop the virus, and a vaccine may not be enough to ‘rescue’ them, experts warn – ABC News

Sweden’s idea of not following conventional coronavirus measures led to a death rate triple that of its neighbours, and even though a vaccine could be close, the country may need the kind of measures it tried to avoid throughout the pandemic.

Source: Sweden’s coronavirus plan failed to stop the virus, and a vaccine may not be enough to ‘rescue’ them, experts warn – ABC News

Unreliable sources Fake quote attributed to future U.S. Secretary of State spreads from Wikipedia to the Russian media — Meduza

Before U.S. president-elect Joe Biden formally announced Antony Blinken as his pick for Secretary of State, an anonymous Wikipedia editor took it upon himself to edit Blinken’s Wikipedia page. The editor beefed up the section on his attitude towards Russia and its President Vladimir Putin, throwing in a quote attributed to Blinken for good measure. The quote was quickly picked up by Russian and Ukrainian media and it spread across social networking sites. But as it turns out, Antony Blinken never actually spoke those words.

On November 24, the quote caught the attention of Wikipedia’s moderators. They deleted it as an incorrect citation and the author who added it to the article was blocked for a month.

However, by that time, the fake quote had already spread across Russian-language media and social networks. Gazeta.ru published an article containing the quote on November 23 and it was cited word-for-word in several Ukrainian publications (including reprints on Russian state media websites). The quote was also featured on Politekspert — in 2017, RBK journalists uncovered that this website belongs to a media holding linked to the so-called “troll factory” that investigative journalists have, in turn, connected to Russian billionaire Evgeny Prigozhin. On social media, this quote was also picked up by patriotic bloggers from both Russia and Ukraine.

Source: Unreliable sources Fake quote attributed to future U.S. Secretary of State spreads from Wikipedia to the Russian media — Meduza

Things don’t have to fall apart The world needs to stop war crimes in Ethiopia – The Economist Nov 26, 2020 — Just Sayin’

Atrocities are mounting in Tigray. Outsiders should press both parties to talk Nov 26th 2020 FIRST, THE police and militia shut the roads out of Mai Kadra, a farming town in Ethiopia’s northern province of Tigray. Then they went from door to door, checking ID cards and singling out non-Tigrayans. They destroyed SIM cards to stop people phoning for help. […]

Things don’t have to fall apart The world needs to stop war crimes in Ethiopia – The Economist Nov 26, 2020 — Just Sayin’

Outsiders need to convince them otherwise. First, the UN and African Union (AU) should make it clear that those who commit war crimes will be held accountable. Independent investigators should be allowed in to determine what happened at Mai Kadra. Non-combatants must be spared. Humanitarian corridors should be opened to allow aid to flow.

If Ethiopia commits grave war crimes, the UN and AU should also impose an arms embargo. This would not stop the killing entirely—the region is awash with guns and machetes. But halting the flow of artillery shells and bombs would dampen it and send a clear signal to both parties.

Donors should rethink their support for Ethiopia, which relies on aid. Western powers are hesitating for fear of being accused of neocolonialism. The AU is reluctant to act because of its policy of not interfering in its members’ internal affairs. But if nothing is done, Ethiopia will slide deeper into crisis. It could even break apart, like Yugoslavia in the 1990s. Good neighbours should apply pressure now to prevent such a catastrophe. ■