New controls on travellers entering the UK have come into force to try to keep out variants of coronavirus from other countries. Catherine and Tom have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story.

Video chapters:
0:00 – Introduction
0:34 – Story
1:39 – Headline 1: COVID-19: Everyone arriving in UK must now self-isolate as travel corridors close
3:57 – Headline 2: PM’s bid to shut all travel corridors could be undermined by poor enforcement, shock figures show
7:10 – Headline 3: Travel Corridors axed completely in latest quarantine U-Turn.
10:30 – Language summary

Key words and phrases:

narrow routes

  • Travel between the two countries is limited to one busy corridor.
  • The manager’s office is at the end of the corridor.

attempt to achieve

  • The executive’s bid to modernise the workplace was unsuccessful.
  • The aspiring politician made a bid for power at the party conference.

cut or reduced without warning

  • Employees fear that their jobs may be axed.
  • I’m struggling to pay my bills since the company axed my hours.

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