New Covid strain: UK cut off – News Review reviews

June 9, 2022

Restrictions on travel both inside and outside the UK have been placed after a new variant of Covid was discovered. Tom and Neil have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story.Tom and Neil explain this and other phrases and vocabulary you need to talk about this story.

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Video chapters:
0:00 – Introduction
0:35 – Story
1:50 – Headline 1: London’s mutant Covid has already spread to other parts of UK
4:40 – Headline 2: Ireland joins Italy, Germany and Netherlands in cancelling UK flights amid rising concern over mutant Covid-19 strain
8:18- Headline 3: Five EU countries halt incoming journeys from UK as others looks poised to follow suit
10:50 – Language summary

The story:
Ministers will hold crisis talks this morning after many European countries halted passenger and freight transport with the UK because of a new coronavirus variant. In business, some people who can’t fly because of the new restrictions have been offered the chance to book an alternative flight rather than a refund.

Key words and phrases:
different from others of its kind due to a genetic change

* Scientists are still studying the mutant virus.
* The mutant animal is well-recognised amongst fans of science fiction.

in the middle of; surrounded by

* People have been leaving the city amid reports of a new strain of virus.
* They built their house amid the trees.

to follow suit
to do the same thing

* Other countries are expected to follow suit in imposing travel bans.
* Just show me how you normally do it and I will follow suit.

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  1. Reply
    BBC Learning English June 9, 2022 at 5:07 pm

    We hope you found that helpful! Here's the News Review video that was mentioned in this episode:

  2. Amazing!
    Though, the topic that was tackled is dramatic, they professionally presented it.
    One of the most intriguing videos I've ever watched.
    Well done 😍

  3. I love Neil very much!!

  4. Thank you, BBC>

  5. Both of the guys are handsome, i like , haha

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  7. Reply
    Светлана Дуйсенгалиева June 9, 2022 at 5:07 pm


  8. Amid mutations in virus we have to follow suit

  9. success my learning English only by bbc technical

  10. Reply
    The Journey of Learning English June 9, 2022 at 5:07 pm

    Follow suit

  11. these videos are excellent for my learning, so thank you

  12. In this situation, we should take precaution as doctors do. Our is just to follow suit.

  13. Britist People love covid

  14. Wao Brain love covid

  15. Reply
    Teresa Wrzesniewska June 9, 2022 at 5:07 pm

    I wish you health and make your dreams come true in the New Year. Thank you for your work.🌞🎄♥️

  16. Dubious news
    Fake news. ??

  17. Hello guys how are you doing, I hope your country recover soon of this illness, have a great holiday!

  18. Reply
    Πετρος Νικου June 9, 2022 at 5:07 pm

    Amid mutant

  19. The peopl who has affected by muntant Covid, Now their life is hanging in the blance.

  20. You both speak very clear for me and use an spontanous register of conversation what Is really pleasant for us

  21. Reply
    Violetta Chernishova June 9, 2022 at 5:07 pm

    Many thanks!❤ Happy New Year! May you have plenty of peace, love and happiness in 2021!❤

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