Coronavirus positive: Good news round-up

Jockeys and trainers are socially distanced in the paddock during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. - BHA Pool
Jockeys and trainers are socially distanced in the paddock during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse. – BHA Pool

Racing returned to Ascot on Tuesday in another boost to national morale and the economy.

And what it has lacked in crowd noise and corporate hospitality, the event is more than making up for in the quality of the action on show.

Ascot is making up for its missing crowds by offering afternoon tea via home delivery,  an online Racing Hub through which horse racing enthusiasts can keep track of their bets, and even a Royal Ascot songbook.

There are seven more races taking place today – everything you need to know comes courtesy of our award-winning sport coverage here.

Successful trials of dexamethasone, an anti-inflammatory, have been found to reduce coronavirus mortality rates. Described by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson as a “remarkable achievement”, there are already supplies for as many as 200,000 patients.

As restaurants remain closed, Fortnum & Mason is bringing high-end cuisine to people’s living rooms. The luxury department store’s Mayfair restaurant has launched a home delivery service, which will include beef wellington and caviar in among many other fine dining options.

And a good day for sports fans is topped off by the long-awaited return of the Premier League on Wednesday night, as the giants of Aston Villa play host to the titans of Sheffield United – making them both seem normal-sized. Make sure to catch all of the constantly happening football here.

Here’s the rest of today’s good news:

  • There have now been no new local cases of Covid-19 in Thailand for more than three weeks, as the country continues to recover from the impact of the virus. Six more Thai patients have been discharged, meaning that there are only 84 now in hospital with coronavirus infections, as the country continues to open up retail and service facilities.

  • American officials have promised that as and when there is a coronavirus vaccine, it will be available free for those who would not otherwise  be able to afford it. A government spokesperson said on Tuesday that for anyone who is “vulnerable, who cannot afford the vaccine and desires the vaccine, we will provide it for free”.

  • A giant Galápagos tortoise credited with saving his species from likely extinction has been put out to pasture and returned to his native island after 25 years of breeding in Ecuador. Diego – aged 100 – has been shipped from the Galápagos national park, and will spend the rest of his days on the remote and uninhabited island of Española.

  • Pubs across the UK are keeping up spirits during the lockdown with a range of amusing signs as furtive preparations are made for July 4 reopenings. The A-board outside one boozer reads: “We can only open at one third of our capacity. Those who cannot drink for three are kindly asked to leave their place to the professionals.”

  • The contact-tracing app which has been rolled out nationally in Germany was downloaded 6.5 million times within 24 hours of its launch, according to Christian Klein, CEO of software company SAP. The app aims to help trace coronavirus infections in the community and will encourage those who have been in contact with someone who has the virus to self-isolate.


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