Coronavirus: Half million deaths – News Review 2022

June 13, 2022

Learn English vocabulary to talk about the news. The coronavirus pandemic has now claimed the lives of more than half a million people worldwide. The United States is by far the worst affected country, with more than 125,000 deaths. Neil and Catherine look at the vocabulary in the news around this story.

Video chapters

0:00 – Introduction
0:48 – The story
1:30 – Headline 1: Coronavirus: Covid-19 death toll hits 500,000 worldwide
4:57 – Headline 2: World hits coronavirus milestones amid fears worst to come
8:36 – Headline 3: Dollar Retreats Even As COVID-19 Numbers Reach Grim Milestone
11:10 – Language summary

The story

More than half a million people worldwide have now lost their lives as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. By far the worst affected country is the United States, with more than 125,000 deaths.


death toll
number of people who have died because of a particular event
• The final death toll from the hurricane was 3,000.
• The real death toll is thought to be much higher than the official figure.

important events in the development of something
• Starting school is an important milestone in a young child’s life.
• Any successful career will contain many milestones.

• The latest economic forecast is grim. A recession is expected.
• Graduates are facing the grim prospect of unemployment.

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    BBC Learning English June 13, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    Neil and Catherine discuss mental health and the coronavirus. Watch this video:

  2. 17,371 actually died from Covid in the UK in total

  3. There are many grim and memorable milestones, furnishes our lives, the unpredictable world we live in!

  4. You are the best. Thank you very much.

  5. # corrupt media

  6. The real death toll makes everyone grim.

  7. Died with coronavirus?
    I think it should be died of coronavirus, shouldn't it?
    Can you help me?

  8. thanks bbc and Neil ,Catherine for making this videos

  9. The death toll reaches 125,000, which is a grim milestone for the USA.

  10. I'm glad since the video isn´t an imagen anymore, but we may see Neil an a pretty woman. I´m glad, BBC found best people to show us how to talk and pronounce properly sentences.

  11. Thank Neil & Catherine!! Definitely, today is not a grim day for me to watch this video and we keep zero dealth toll milestone from the beginning of the battle. And I'm heading forwards another milestone in my studying. Hope new environment treat me well and befriends me! 🥰😄

  12. Both are my favorite..,, Cathrine and Neil thanks for your effort. Look after yourself. Stay healthy♥️

  13. I hate coronavirus

  14. Thanks

  15. death toll

  16. LOVE YOU……


  18. Love you guys. You’re the best. I’m grateful for your work 😘

  19. Reply
    Canal Nada inutil June 13, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    Toll…the First time I see this word..thanks a lot.

  20. That was a great selection of words. I had already searched for the mean of "death toll" because it is in every news about covid.

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