COVID-19 impacting the Indian delegation of the G7 in London – fr

COVID-19 impacting the Indian delegation of the G7 in London – fr

London – India’s Foreign Minister withdrew from face-to-face meetings at a Group of Seven rally in London due to possible exposure to the coronavirus.
Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar tweeted that he had been “made aware last night of exposure to possible positive cases of Covid.” As a measure of prudence and also out of consideration for others, I decided to carry out my engagements in virtual mode ”.

Indian Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar

The UK Foreign Office, which hosted the meeting, did not immediately confirm whether any delegates tested positive, but the Reuters news service quoted a UK government official as saying that the entire Indian G7 delegation was isolated after two limbs tested positive. Britain’s Sky News also reported that the Indian delegation had two positive cases.

Diplomats from the G-7 rich country group meet in London for their first face-to-face meeting in two years. Delegates have observed social distancing and are separated by transparent screens during meetings, and delegates are tested for the virus daily.

India is not a member of the G-7, but has been invited along with South Korea, Australia and South Africa as a guest for the second day of Wednesday’s meeting.

Delegations from invited countries did not attend the conference on Tuesday, although Jaishankar held meetings in London with officials such as UK Home Secretary Priti Patel and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

US State Department spokesman Ned Price said “the US delegation has been made aware, including by UK public health professionals, that our strict masking, social distancing and daily tests would allow us to continue our G-7 activities as planned ”.

“We have no reason to believe that any member of our delegation is in danger,” he said.

The Foreign Ministry said it regrets that Jaishankar was unable to attend the meeting in person “but that’s exactly why we have put in place strict COVID protocols and daily testing. “

India is experiencing a large outbreak of COVID-19, with 382,315 new confirmed cases and 3,780 deaths reported in the past 24 hours, which is widely viewed as an undercount.

Reuters reports that the World Health Organization said on Wednesday that a quarter of reported COVID-19 deaths worldwide and 46% of new cases were in India.

The second day of Wednesday’s two-day G-7 meeting was to focus on attempts to strengthen open societies and make coronavirus vaccines available worldwide.

The UK, which assumes the G-7 presidency this year, is due to host the group’s leaders at a summit in Cornwall, southwest England, next month.


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