Learn English with the News – UK City Lockdown Extended After Surge in Cases

No phase two for the city of Leicester – their lockdown conditions will continue beyond the initially suggested period due to a recent surge in cases that has led to a continued closure of pubs, restaurants and other shops where you might have the risk of running into someone. Watch the video and do the accompanying exercises.

The news is a consistent source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery that never ceases to exist and always comes out with more and more material each day. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it is without a doubt a piece of your everyday routine that can’t go ignored. 

Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed, to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

This is why Scrambled Eggs has decided to unite two of your biggest worlds: learning English and keeping up with what is happening in the world. We hope our challenging daily exercises, composed of listening, vocabulary and comprehension exercises in English, will satisfy both of those above worlds in a satisfactory and also entertaining way.

So enough about introductions, let’s get to today’s Learn English with the News topic:

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Now that you’ve had a listen, let’s put your knowledge to the test with some of our vocabulary and comprehension exercises:

UK City Lockdown Extended After Surge in Cases | Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

UK City Lockdown Extended After Surge in Cases | Fill in the Blank

Fill the empty spaces with the proper words.

UK City Lockdown Extended After Surge in Cases | True or False

Indicate which sentences are true and which ones are false.


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Full Text:

“Pubs and restaurants in Leicester may stay closed for two more weeks due to a surge in coronavirus cases, the city’s mayor has said. Sir Peter Soulsby said the government had recommended current restrictions are maintained for a further fortnight. He told the Today programme the city could remain restricted for two weeks longer than the rest of the country. The prime minister said Public Health England and local authorities had the power to bring in a local lockdown. There have been 2,987 positive cases in Leicester since the pandemic began, with 866 of those – 29% – reported in the two weeks to 23 June. Coronavirus restrictions across England are due to be eased from 4 July, with pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and hotels allowed to reopen. But Sir Peter said he had received an email from the government overnight and it seemed that they were suggesting that the city continued the present level of restrictions for a further two weeks beyond 4 July. Sir Peter criticised the analysis as superficial and said he did not know whether the government had the power to impose an extension if council officials concluded it was not necessary. Health Secretary Matt Hancock was due to make a statement on whether coronavirus restrictions will be extended in the city later that day. The prime minister’s official spokesman said Public Health England (PHE) and councils had the power to impose a local lockdown by temporarily closing public spaces, businesses and venues. He said local health authorities could also halt admissions to hospitals. Boris Johnson said a local “whack-a-mole” strategy used to deal with outbreaks in Weston- super-Mare and around GP surgeries in London would be “brought to bear in Leicester as well”. He added that he is concerned about Leicester and that he is concerned about any local outbreak. He said that he wants to stress to people that the country is not out of the woods yet.”