Daily News - September 8th

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Published: 9.08.2020
Level 3   |   Time: 4:18
Accent: American
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News headlines from around the world - a possible COVID-19 vaccine, a typhoon hits Japan, India passes Brazil for 2nd most COVID-19 cases, and Zoom records record profits.

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  • tell [v] - notice, determine
  • on the way [exp] - coming soon
  • hint [v] - suggest
  • downplay [v] - make seem less important
  • authorities [n] - government workers or experts
  • sustained [adj] - continuous
  • surpass [v] - pass, exceed
  • commuters [n] - travelers (in a city for work)
  • alternate seats [n] - one out of two seats
  • mandatory [adj] - rule, must be done
  • thermally screened [exp] - checked for heat, high temperatures
  • permit [v] - allow
  • predict [v] - guess the future
  • emerge [v] - come out
  • corporate [adj] - related to business
  • concerns [n] - worries
  • capacity [n] - maximum capability
  • service outages [n] - lack of service
  • widespread [adj] - extensive, very common over a large area

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb, [phv] - phrasal verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression


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  1. There are many COVID-19 vaccines being tested now.
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  2. President Trump has suggested that a vaccine could be ready by the end of October.
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    False

  3. Scientific experts have suggested that a vaccine could be ready by the end of October.
    True
    False

  4. A typhoon will strike Japan on Friday.
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    False

  5. The typhoon has winds of 180 km/h.
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    False

  6. The typhoon will first strike Kyushu and then Okinawa.
    True
    False

  7. Brazil now has the third most COVID-19 cases in the world.
    True
    False

  8. India has 2 million more COVID-19 cases than Brazil.
    True
    False

  9. Cities in India have recently started closing subways and bars.
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    False

  10. People in New Delhi must wear facemasks on the subway.
    True
    False

  11. The Indian government will soon allow people to gather in groups of 100.
    True
    False

  12. Zoom has made more money is three month than it made all last year.
    True
    False

  13. Zoom had a profit of $2.39 billion in 2019.
    True
    False

  14. Zoom has had problems with security and privacy.
    True
    False

  15. Last week, Zoom increased its capacity so that it can attract more customers.
    True
    False


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First, in the US. How can you tell if a COVID-19 vaccine is working? Several vaccines are currently in large-scale studies to see if they can prevent COVID-19, and more are on the way. President Trump has been hinting that a vaccine could be ready before the end of October, but the chief scientific adviser to the administration has downplayed that possibility, saying there was a very low chance that the tests that they are running will have any meaningful results before the end of October.

In Japan, a powerful typhoon is making its way toward the southwestern part of the county, forcing authorities to urge caution and prepare for powerful winds and heavy rainfall. Japan's weather agency said Typhoon Haishen had sustained winds of up 180 kilometers per hour early on Saturday. The storm is predicted to hit Okinawa and then move onto the central island of Kyushu. A Japanese news agency has reported that Okinawa is expected to be hit by winds strong enough to break homes.

Next, India has moved Into 2nd place for COVID-19 cases. India's recorded coronavirus case total has surpassed Brazil’s, making India the second worst-affected country in the world after the United States. India's total cases are now more than 4.2 million, which is still lower than the U.S. by about 2 million. On Monday, commuters in the capital New Delhi rode the subway for the first time in over 5 months as the system reopened. The trains have social distancing stickers on alternate seats to help maintain distance. Face masks are mandatory and passengers are thermally screened. Several other cities have also resumed metro train service. Bars reopened last week, and later this month, public gatherings of up to 100 people will also be permitted across the country, with social distancing rules.

In business, as more people work and learn remotely during the coronavirus pandemic, Zoom, the online video conferencing application, reported higher sales and profit in the three months from May through July than it did in all of 2019. The videoconferencing company expects that trend to continue, predicting profits of $2.39 billion for the rest of the year. Zoom has emerged as one of the biggest corporate success stories this year, as video meetings have become an essential part of work, school and entertainment during the pandemic. However, Zoom's rapid growth has come with problems, including concerns over privacy and security. Its popularity has also tested its capacity. Just last week, Zoom experienced widespread service outages that took several hours to fix, leaving many students and workers unable to log in to classes and meetings.

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