Each week, Ben Hopkinson looks back at a serious, crazy and happy news story from the past week.
The UK has said that it wants to stay one step ahead of the Coronavirus as it puts forward a multimillion-pound investment into testing labs for future proofing any new variants. Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary says, “testing facilities at Porton Down in Wiltshire are to be bolstered to help “future proof” the country, with a cash boost confirmed for the expansion of the laboratories where scientists test existing and new vaccines against variants of concern”. At the moment, the testing capacity is 700 per week, but the Department of Health and Social Care claims that this investment can help more than double the output to 1,500 by January 2022, with the full amount at 3,000 per week once complete.
A farmer from Belgium has moved the French-Belgium border about 7.5 feet, making Belgium a smidge larger. The marker is a 200-year-old stone and was in the way of his tractor so felt that he needed to move it. The exact location of this border is between Belgium’s village of Erquelinnes and the northern French town Bousignies-sur-Roc. Originally established two centuries ago five years after Napolean’s defeat at Waterloo, the border is protected by the Treaty of Kortrijk. The farmer has been asked to move the marker back to the correct spot or face charges.
A security guard at an ASDA in Manchester has been praised all across the internet after he helped a young teenager who was distressed after misplacing his parent’s money. Frank Reece was extremely kind and gave the young lad the money from his own pocket. Speaking about the event, Reece said “The boy, who was about 13 or 14, came up to me and asked if anyone had handed in a tenner as he’d lost it. He had tears in his eyes and looked very upset. I really felt for the lad. His dad had given it to him for shopping so I said, ‘don’t worry’ and gave him £10 from my own pocket. I just felt for the lad. My mam always told me to help people whenever I could”. Once the shopping was completed, the change left was offered back to the guard, but insisted the teen to keep it. It is great to hear stories like this, people do still have amazing hearts.