LISTENING ANSWERS: Why the WHO isn't labelling Covid-19 a pandemic and how the world coped with past global diseases [February 28, 2020]


The coronavirus sweeping the world has its epicentre in Wuhan, China, and has spread globally, but is still defined as an epidemic

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1. people who are worried about Covid-19 becoming a pandemic 

2.(i) widespread 

(ii) occurs over several countries or continents

(iii) becomes out of control

(v) affects a large number of people

3. China

4. B

5. In 2009, because the H1N1 virus/swine flu infected more than 60 million people in a country alone, and killed up to 575,000 people around the world.

6.(i) NG

(ii) F

(iii) T

7.(i) cope with

(ii) healthy

(iii) effective

8. applying emergency powers

9.(i) During such times, healthcare systems have to ensure there is sufficient supply of food medical supplies.

(ii) The global cost of dealing with such a widespread disease could cost around US$570 trillion billion.

(iii) The biggest challenge of encouraging controlling/curbing/preventing/stopping the spread of Covid-19 is getting people to avoid crowded places.

10. C