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The United States and Australia have joined the growing number of countries banning Travel from much of southern Africa to try to slow the spread of a new Covid variant.

The World Health Organisation has classified Omicron as a variant of concern because of early indications that it carries a high risk of reinfection. President Biden said the US had to be vigilant.

Key words and phrases

clamp down

act officially to prevent something from happening

  • The government decided to clamp down on benefit fraud after a sharp rise in the number of cases.
  • The manager clamped down on lateness after a number of employees consistently didn’t arrive on time.

double down

do something in a stronger way than before

  • The local council has announced it will double down on illegal parking.
  • The school has doubled down on smoking. Any child with cigarettes will be suspended.

blessing in disguise

something which at first looks bad, but in the end is good

  • Rob eating all the biscuits was a blessing in disguise for my diet.
  • I was annoyed when I missed the bus, but I realised it was a blessing in disguise after finding out it was in an accident!

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Source : https://www.bbc.com/learningenglish/english/course/newsreview/unit-20/session-222

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