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Session 149

More than half a million people have now died as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The USA is the worst affected country. Over 125,000 people have died there. Neil and Catherine look at the vocabulary in the news around this story.

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News Review

Coronavirus: Half million deaths

The coronavirus pandemic has now claimed the lives of more than half a million people worldwide. The United States of America is by far the worst affected country, with more than 125,000 deaths.

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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.

Key words and phrases

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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