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Session 174

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

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News Review

New Covid Strain: UK cut off

A new Covid-19 strain has been found in the UK, which has led to new restrictions on travel both within the country and going abroad. Tom and Neil have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story.

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The story

Ministers will hold crisis talks this morning [Monday] 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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