Each week, Ben Hopkinson looks back at a serious, crazy, and happy news story from the past week.
A new variant of COVID has been found within the UK. Dubbed Omicron, at least 14 cases have been found making its way from Africa. Because of this, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has increased the social distancing rules, which include mandatory face coverings on public transport and in shops, as well as taking PCR tests when arriving from abroad while self-isolating until you get an negative result. The plans for Christmas are not yet set, but another lockdown may be on the cards – we will have to wait and see as there isn’t enough information with the new variant to gather results as of yet.
A “zombie shark” has been spotted still swimming and hunting for food, even after missing half of its body in an attack. The black tip shark was attacked by bull sharks which can weigh anything up to 400kg (63 stone). After escaping with half its body missing, it fled for 20 minutes and then finally passed away due to the injuries.
Dwayne Johnson (also known as The Rock) has given one of his fans a special present. He gifted his own custom-made truck to a Navy veteran from Culver City who is active within the community as well as caring for his 75-year-old mother. Oscar Rodriguez collapsed in tears when the truck was given to him after receiving an invite from the actor for a special screening of Red Notice in the cinema. Talking about how he chose Rodriguez, Johnson said this: “I gathered as much information as I could about everyone in the audience and ultimately, Oscar’s story moved me. Takes care of his 75-year-old mom. Personal trainer. Leader at his church. Provides support and meals for women victimized by domestic violence. Proud & humble Navy veteran. Kind human being.”