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Countries are locking down again in Europe and other parts of the world. This is because of the coronavirus. COVID-19 is spreading faster than before in many countries. In Europe, many countries have started to close things down again. Things had opened again in the summer at the end of the first wave. Governments don’t want to lock down the same as they did before. They have been very reluctant to make strict rules like they did in the beginning. Governments are worried about protecting their economies. The new lockdowns are different in each country.

In France, nine cities are having night lockdowns. This is where everything must close from 9 PM to 6 AM and people are not allowed out of their homes after 9 PM. In the UK, areas have been categorised into different warning levels. The levels are Medium, High, and Very High. In Very High areas, people are not allowed to meet other people in indoor places, pubs and bars are closed and people are not allowed to travel out of their areas to other parts of the country. Some cities in the UK are arguing against following the “Very High” rules. The Mayor of Manchester has said that Manchester will not follow the “Very High” rules if they don’t get more help from the government.

In almost all of Europe, the virus is spreading faster than before. Countries are setting records with the number of new cases. France recorded 32,000 new cases on October 18. This is the highest number yet, the record during the first wave was 7,000 cases in one day. Other countries in Europe have also been setting new records for the number of daily cases and the US just had their highest number of new cases since July. Although Europe did a good job of stopping the first wave, countries have now been doing a bad job with the second wave. Most countries don’t want to have full lockdowns again but governments are now starting to consider it.

Difficult Words

Reluctant (adj): Feeling hesitant or unsure about something.

Strict (adj): Demanding that rules be followed.

Categorise (v): To separate thing into different sections.

Warning (n/v): To give a notice or message that something is happening.

Record (v): To make a note of something happening.

Activities

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Match the Synonym!

 1. Reluctant A. Demanding
 2. Strict B. Notice
 3. Categorise C. Unsure
 4. Warning D. Make a note.
 5. Record E. Organise

True or False?

1. Covid-19 is spreading slower than it did before. T / F

2. Many countries are starting to close things again. T / F

3. Most countries are happy to have strict lock downs again. T / F

4. Governments are worried about their economies. T / F

5. Europe did a good job stopping the first wave. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. locking / again / Countries / down / are

2. faster / than / is / spreading / COVID-19 / before

3. close / is / This / where / everything / must

4. are / UK / arguing / the / Some / cities / in

5. recorded / new / cases / France / 32,000

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

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American English:

ProtectingAllowedFollowing
WaveFasterLocking

Countries are (1)____________ down again in Europe and other parts of the world. This is because of the coronavirus. COVID-19 is spreading faster than before in many countries. In Europe, many countries have started to close things down again. Things had opened again in the summer at the end of the first wave. Governments don’t want to lock down the same as they did before. They have been very reluctant to make strict rules like they did in the beginning. Governments are worried about (2)____________ their economies. The new lockdowns are different in each country.

In France, nine cities are having night lockdowns. This is where everything must close from 9 PM to 6 AM and people are not (3)____________ out of their homes after 9 PM. In the UK, areas have been categorised into different warning levels. The levels are Medium, High and Very High. In Very High areas, people are not allowed to meet other people in indoor places, pubs and bars are closed and people are not allowed to travel out of their areas to other parts of the country. Some cities in the UK are arguing against (4)_____________ the “Very High” rules. The Mayor of Manchester has said that Manchester will not follow the “Very High” rules if they don’t get more help from the government.

In almost all of Europe, the virus is spreading (5)_________ than before. Countries are setting records with the number of new cases. France recorded 32,000 new cases on October 18. This is the highest number yet, the record during the first wave was 7000 cases in one day. Other countries in Europe have also been setting new records for the number of daily cases and the US just had their highest number of new cases since July. Although Europe did a good job of stopping the first (6)________, countries have now been doing a bad job with the second wave. Most countries don’t want to have full lockdowns again but governments are now starting to consider it.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of this story?
4. Has your country experienced a second wave of coronavirus?
5. If your country has had a second wave, how did your country handle it?
6. Do you think countries should be locking down again?
7. Have people in your country followed the government’s COVID-19 regulations?
8. What do you think about France’s night lockdowns?
9. Have government regulations been different for different areas of your country?
10. How has your country been protecting the economy during COVID-19?
11. Do you think it’s right for UK cities to be arguing against “Very High” regulations?
12. Did everything in your country stay open during the summer?
13. Are you worried about an increase in cases over the winter?
14. Do you think there will be more waves of coronavirus in the future?
15. Why do you think some countries have been successful in fighting the virus?
16. What has been the biggest change for you this year?
17. Do you think governments should prioritise protecting their economies?
18. What has the economic impact been in your country?
19. Do you think life can return to normal before there is a vaccine?
20. What do you think life will be like in 2021?