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“Most kids had COVID”: CDC

MOST AMERICAN children have exhibited signs of COVID-19 infection, according to the CDC (Shutterstock).

Three-quarters of American children have exhibited symptoms of  COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday.

According to the Associated Press, the CDC also reported that a majority of Americans have been affected as well. The latest figure shows that 58 percent of people of all ages have shown signs of previous infection.

Children – those aged 5 to 11 – are a group for which booster vaccinations are not yet available. Older people have had less evidence of past infections, likely because they have higher vaccination rates, the CDC report stated.

U.S. and allies rally around Ukraine

RUSSIA vs. Ukraine. (Shutterstock).

A gathering of 40 nations was held Tuesday to coordinate efforts to send military and other assistance to Ukraine. According to USA Today, such help could help Ukraine “win today and build strength for tomorrow,” said U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

The meeting took place at the U.S. Ramstein Air Base in Germany. Such meetings will be held monthly, said Austin.

So far over $5 billion of aid has been committed and what’s bene delivered is credited with helping Ukraine defeat Russian efforts to capture the capital city of Kyiv.

Also in the news …

Vice President Kamala Harris has tested positive for COVID-19, according to United Press International. Harris is fully vaccinated and is exhibiting no symptoms.

Sports: Russian invasion echoes in sports

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led to a backlash that’s included effects on its sports programs. On Tuesday, according to the Associated Press, the International Ice Hockey Federation removed Russia as the host of the 2023 world men’s ice hockey championship that had been scheduled to take place in St. Petersburg, home city of President Vladimir Putin.

Weather: Cooler, then warmer

The forecast for the West Orange County area for Wednesday is a daytime high of 72, with an overnight low of 56, under partly cloudy skies. Thursday will be cooler at 69 (51), but the sun will come out and temperatures will be rising on Friday with a high of 74, rising to 79 by Saturday.

Business: Electric trucks ready to debut

If you can only think of a pickup truck as a noisy, smog-spewing vehicle, Ford Motor Company is about to roll out a challenge to your preconceptions.

According to The New York Times, America’s oldest automobile manufacturer has manufactured about 2,000 electric versions of its popular F-150 pickup truck and will put them on the market shortly.

“This is history in the making,” said a company executive. “This truck is going to change everything.” The starting price is expected to be under $40,000.


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