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Coronavirus (COVID-19) words and terms explained in plain English..
18 April 2020

The National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) has compiled the following words about coronavirus (also called COVID-19) with plain English explanations. We hear many of these words every day on the news, radio, TV and online. We list words from A-Z.

The words and definitions are taken and adapted from:

the Health Service Executive (HSE),
World Health Organisation (WHO),
newspapers, TV and radio such as RTÉ news, a glossary of terms in Time magazine,
Health Protection and Surveillance Centre (HPSC) A to Z list, and
dictionaries – Merriam-Webster have added new words to their dictionary.

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Coronavirus UK: English councils welcome extra £1.6bn support..
18 April 2020

Guardian Newspapers, UK.

The government has moved to shore up shaky local authority finances, announcing a £1.6bn cash injection for English councils to prevent a series of town halls collapsing into insolvency as a result of the spiralling costs of the coronavirus pandemic.

The housing, communities and local government secretary, Robert Jenrick, praised local government workers as “unsung heroes” and said the extra cash – which followed an earlier £1.6bn injection in March – would enable councils to maintain essential services.

The announcement followed dire warnings that the costs of providing extra services as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, such as social care and housing rough sleepers, coupled with shrinking income from council tax and parking charges, had pushed several councils to the edge of bankruptcy.

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New words from the Cambridge English Dictionary..
13 April 2020

fearware noun [U]
UK /ˈfɪə.weəʳ/ US /ˈfɪr.wer/
a type of cyber attack that exploits an existing sense of fear among people and encourages them to click on a link that will harm their computer

Cyber criminals are exploiting fears surrounding the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic to spread dangerous malware and hack government computer systems. Security experts have labelled the new trend “fearware”, warning that victims may be more susceptible to be tricked or scammed during times of global uncertainty.

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