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Lockdown

發佈時間: 2020/03/25

Lockdown

新冠肺炎疫情日趨嚴重,短短數天全球又增加了十萬單確診。多國實施封城(lockdown)防疫,大家都留在家中,同心協力阻止病毒蔓延。

名詞lockdown解「封鎖」,指因緊急情況而封鎖建築物或地區,不允許人們自由進入或離開。由於是「強制實行」,lockdown常配搭動詞impose。例句︰The UK has finally imposed a full lockdown across the country to ensure social distancing.(英國終於對全國實行全面封鎖,以確保民眾保持社交距離。)A lockdown is imposed in France to slow the rate of the coronavirus disease contagion.(法國實施封城以減緩冠狀病毒傳播的速度。)

Lockdown也可以指監獄暴動時,將囚犯限制在其牢房內,以控制場面。例如,The prisoners were all put in a lockdown immediately so the casualties were kept to a minimum.(囚犯立即被限制在自己的牢房內,使傷亡人數降至最低。)Over 50 prisoners were placed on lockdown for three days following the protest last Friday.(上周五抗議發生後,超過50名囚犯被封鎖在其牢房內三天。)

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