一名伦敦土著对英国防疫的吐槽

2021年1月15日
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近日,英国政府对疫情的处理方式,引发了广泛争议。除了首相约翰逊的群体免疫策略,之前卫生部门长时间的松懈应对也让民众诟病。与之形成对比的是,政府上周还拿出300亿,去保护疫情下的英国经济。目前人在伦敦的Mat老师,将跟大家讲述他在英国的一线见闻,一起来看看。

一名伦敦土著对英国防疫的吐槽

U.K. Shields Its Economy From the Virus, but Not Yet Its People

疫情之下:英国力保经济,却尚未顾及民众

Britain moved decisively on Wednesday to cushion its economy from the ravages of the coronavirus, as it prepared to toughen a more cautious medical response that had come under fire, particularly after a health minister who had mingled at a reception with Prime Minister Boris Johnson fell ill from the contagion.

周三,英国政府果断采取措施来缓解新冠疫情对经济造成的破坏,同时准备加强其偏谨慎的医疗应对措施。此前,这一举措曾备受抨击,尤其是在一位曾与英国首相鲍里斯•约翰逊在一次招待会上有过接触的卫生大臣确诊感染新冠病毒后。

Parliament heard Mr. Johnson’s emergency plan to head off an economic crash from what the World Health Organization on Wednesday officially described as a pandemic: 30 billion pounds, or $38 billion, in one-time spending in the budget for the overburdened National Health Service and a variety of extra benefits for firms and people forced out of work because of the virus.

世界卫生组织于周三将新冠疫情正式定性为“大流行”。为防止英国因这场疫情经济崩溃,议会上公布了约翰逊的一项紧急计划:一次性拨款300亿英镑(约合380亿美元)的预算,资助已经不堪重负的英国国民健康服务体系,并为由于疫情而被迫停业的公司和职员提供各类额外补贴。

As the total number of confirmed cases in Britain rose to nearly 500, the country’s aggressive economic rescue plan has contrasted starkly with its public-health response to the epidemic.

随着英国确诊病例总数升至近500例,这项经济救助计划之积极与该国应对流行病的公共卫生措施之不力形成了鲜明的对比。

The government has held off on social distancing measures, which the authorities in Italy, France, Germany and other countries have adopted. But those could come soon to Britain if the crisis committee decides, as expected, that its strategy is no longer to contain the virus but to delay its spread.

意大利、法国、德国和其他国家的政府已经采取了一系列“社会疏离”举措,而英国政府则继续按兵不动。不过,若英国危机委员会的战略如预料中的那样不再是遏制病毒而是延缓其传播,那么这些措施可能很快就会落地英国。

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1.shield UK /ʃiːld/ US /ʃiːld/ vt. if you shield sth or sb, you protect that thing or that person Sunglasses can shield your eyes from the sun.
太阳镜可以保护你的眼睛不受阳光的伤害。
2.decisively UK /dɪˈsaɪsɪvli/ US /dɪˈsaɪsɪvli/ adv. quickly, effectively, confidently The company moved decisively to fix the problem.
公司果断地采取行动解决了这个问题。
We will need to act decisively to avoid the financial crisis.
我们必须果断行动,避免金融危机。
3.cushion cushion vt. if you cushion sth, you protect it from sth dangerous
4.the ravages of sth the damage caused by that thing The building was not affected by the ravages of the earthquake.
这座建筑物没有受到地震的破坏。
Many people have been affected by the ravages of the war.
许多人都受到了战争的影响。
5.medical response medical plan
6.toughen UK /ˈtʌfən/ US /ˈtʌfən/ vt. if you toughen sth, you make sth or sb tougher, strong or stronger The government wants to toughen the existing traffic laws.
政府希望加强现有的交通法规。
7.cautious UK /ˈkɔːʃəs/ US /ˈkɑːʃəs/ adj. if sth is cautious, it’s too careful, too soft
8.mingle at if you mingle at a party or an event, you move around talking to many other people
9.one-time spending give all the money at one time
10.contrast starkly if one thing contrasts starkly with another, it’s very different His exam results contrasted starkly with his expectations.
他的考试成绩与他期望的结果大相径庭。

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