Weekly News Rundown Stories – Sunday 14th May 2023

Weekly News Rundown Stories – Sunday 14th May 2023

Each week, Ben Hopkinson looks back at a serious, crazy, and happy news story from the past week.

Serious News

Last weekend’s big event was of course the Coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla.

Since the grand occasion, Their Majesties have both spoken in a statement from Buckingham Palace.

The royal couple were “profoundly grateful” to everyone who helped and made it “such a glorious occasion” as well as the “very many” who showed up in support.

It is also said that more than 18 million people tuned in to watch the historic occasion, the first coronation to happen in the United Kingdom in 70 years.

Crazy News

A new Butterfly species has been named after a villain from Lord of the Rings.

Sauron was decided for the new butterfly, because of the black rings on the orange wings reminded experts of the all-seeing eye as described in JRR Tolkien’s books.

There is hope from the Natural History Museum that the unusual name will help bring attention to the species and draw more research.

At the moment there are only two members added to the Saurona genus – Saurona triangular and Saurona aurigera.

Happy News

After three years, the World Health Organisation has declared that the COVID global health emergency is over.

The virus’ death rate has dropped from a peak of more than 100,000 people per week in January 2021 to just 3,500 on 24th April.

It is said that either seven million people, or 20 million people have died in the pandemic.

Globally, more than 13 billion doses of the vaccination has been given after more than 765 million COVID cases had been confirmed.

All in all, it is good news that the COVID pandemic is almost behind us.