A dozen police officers working at the G7 summit in Cornwall were forced into self-isolation following a positive toll Covid-19 test for one of their colleagues, ITV News can reveal.
Disturbingly, for G7 chiefs of security, the officer who tested positive is staying on a ferry with 1,000 colleagues.ITV News understands that the police officer, whose accommodation was on the ship in Falmouth, was on duty at the G7 summit venue in Carbis Bay before he tested positive.Devon and Cornwall Police told ITV News: ‘As part of our testing regime, during the early hours of June 11, we identified an officer who is currently supporting G7 police and being housed on the ferry, gave a positive lateral flow test for Covid-19.“The officer, along with those who have come into close contact, are currently self-isolating at another designated location.“Anyone who has come into close contact or is in the bubble of those who have tested positive are also self-isolating now, which equates to 12 officers in total.
“The next step is for those who have tested positive to take a PCR test.“We continue to follow the advice of Public Health England. “
Thursday a hotel in St Ives was forced to close for deep cleaning after a Covid-19 outbreak.
Hotel Pedn Olva said it would “shut down completely” after discussing the outbreak with Public Health England. It is understood that around 13 out of 17 employees are infected. Thousands of police officers have been drafted from across the UK to provide security for the G7.
The positive tests were not unexpected, but with the main event starting on Friday and continuing through Sunday, the risk of an outbreak affecting the gathering of world leaders is high.Covid security for the summit is extremely strict, with police having to perform a lateral flow test every day and anyone who tests positive having to self-isolate.
Lateral flow tests are known to create false positives and while this may be a possible explanation for these police tests in Cornwall, the results should be treated as accurate.Positive tests do not amount to an epidemic, but the threat of Covid-19 to the summit raises lingering concerns.
With thousands of police officers, staff, media and delegates traveling to Cornwall from across the country, and world leaders and politicians from around the world, the problems created by the pandemic are not just on the horizon. agenda but are part of the daily life of all those in the G7.