These days lots of figures and data are being used in the media to refer to the scale of the pandemic. If you have to mediate this information for somebody else in English, you may need this vocabulary:
Here are some examples taken from Spanish and British sources:
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With the number of deaths in the UK rising sharply over the last 24 hours, testing of frontline NHS staff is to start next week.
- *frontline staff/workers:
- *NHS: National Health Service (=Seguridad Social in Spain)
- *is to start: is going to start
Tests to determine whether frontline NHS staff have coronavirus are expected to begin this weekend, following prolonged criticism from health workers. Staff who are found to be negative will be able to continue working as the number of patients continues to surge.
The Government has set out plans to increase significantly the number of tests for coronavirus. The aim is to carry out 100,000 per day by the end of the month.
- Examples of graphs and charts analysed: coronavirus pandemic-tracking the global outbreak
- You can find a more comprehensive explanation of the terms you can use to describe statistics, graphs and charts here.
- You can find a collection of articles, clips from the news and other media content related to the coronavirus outbreak and its effects worldwide here (mainly articles published during Spain’s lockdown).