Omicron: The Netherlands in lockdown – BBC News Review reviews

May 22, 2022

A new lockdown has started in the Netherlands – with just essential shops still open and many other business and institutions closed until the middle of January.

This lockdown is due to the faster than expected spread of the Omicron variant.

Rob and Roy discuss this news story and teach you some related vocabulary so you can talk about it too.

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Video chapters:
0:00​​​​​​​​​​ – Introduction
0:32 – Story
1:32 – Headline 1: Netherlands enters strict Christmas lockdown to stem Omicron
4:15 – Headline 2: Netherlands reimposes strict lockdown and UK won’t rule out new measures over Omicron
7:10 – Headline 3: Belgian lockdown ‘not on the table yet’, says Walloon health minister
9:28 – Summary

Key words and phrases:

stop something from increasing

* The government wants to stem the rise of protests in the city.
* The management want to stem any more financial losses for the company.

rule out
say something is not a possibility

* She ruled herself out of the running for the top job.
* They decided to rule out selling the house this year, as they couldn’t afford to move.

on the table
available for consideration

* Offering to sell her shares in the business was not on the table.
* Every option was on the table to save the company from bankruptcy.

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  1. Reply
    BBC Learning English May 22, 2022 at 4:36 pm

    We hope you found that useful :). To watch another episode of News Review about a similar subject, check this out:

  2. 1. We are planning to stem the virus spreading through the society, I urge to the bodies responsible to the national health system to stem the virus

    2. Mr. Prime minster, we have tried to stem the rise of protest in the heart of city, unfortunately we couldn’t

    3. All the problem we have, stemmed from the mayor of the city who is not going to take the responsibility to it

    1. He has started a job from high Wycombe this will rule out staying or residing in london

    2. For sake of his leg injure which rule out to play the soccer

  3. rule out: loai- kn

  4. very useful! they spek slowly and clearly…thanks from sardinia, italy

  5. Reply
    Илья Горих May 22, 2022 at 4:36 pm

    They are good fellows, long live for them

  6. thank you so much for a very topical topic.I got a lot of information

  7. I am confused the meaning of "rule out", it has already mean "not a possibility" but in the news headline it says that "UK won't rule out new measures…" is it kind of a double negative? Does it mean "UK won't say new measures is not a possibility"? Thanks.

  8. Rob has a funny face!!!

  9. Reply
    5 Minute Psychology May 22, 2022 at 4:36 pm

    This topic is fascinating! From my perspective the changes in our mind caused by the pandemic, being infected with SARSCOV2, the isolation – we will be seeing them for decades from now on. Be well, guys!

  10. Very knowledgeable channel

  11. I love gaming too

  12. Hi team,
    How is that in the examples given at 3:49, "The government" is quoted singular and "The management" plural?

  13. Hi sir

  14. Great presentation

  15. More commie-inspired news from the UK contingent of Marxism… what would the world do without these wastes of skin? Hmmm?

  16. Reply
    Luis Alexis Almonte Rivera May 22, 2022 at 4:36 pm

    Great as always 🙂 and thank you guys.

  17. Reply
    いちご・くん May 22, 2022 at 4:36 pm


  18. From Bangladesh

  19. Where is the test for these 3 expressions?

  20. Thanks for such a useful video.
    The local president has made an effort to stem the rise of illegal bird hunting.
    Rule out:
    He rules out going abroad for labor export this period of time because of the new variants.
    on the table
    their wedding is on the table .

  21. Reply
    Nhungsaigonvietnam Nhung May 22, 2022 at 4:36 pm

    Thank you so much for teaching English

  22. Hello teacher I'm from Nepal..

  23. you all inspired me much, keeping rising and ameliorating more and also putting the image of you on the map.

  24. I love Roy and Rob. I think They are so kind.

  25. 3 Soccer Players Have Died Of Heart Attacks In The Last 5 DaysThere has been a massive increase in cardiac issues among many soccer players overseas.The media is refusing to report on it.

    The “experts” are ignoring it.

  26. We must thank the British Brainwashing Corporation for their entertaining festive performance. Very convincing – on a par with Lord Haw Haw

  27. Thank BBC so much for your amazing videos. They're so helpful and inspires a lot. Merry Christmas !

  28. Stem cells?

  29. Another lies of the Satanic globalists.

  30. it is just about business business business and money money money.

  31. I want to practice English with you

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