Two Indian G7 delegates contract coronavirus

Henrietta Strickland
May 5, 2021

Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar did not test positive for the virus, Sky News reporter Joe Pike said on Twitter.

Sky News, citing sources, reported that two members of India's delegation accompanying the foreign minister to the United Kingdom had tested positive for the coronavirus.

India is not in the G7 group of nations but delegates from the country were invited as guests.

During the visit to the United Kingdom the Indian delegation had other meetings but Public Health England has assessed that social distancing and mask-wearing meant there was no need for any further action. Jaishankar was pictured meeting British interior minister Priti Patel on Tuesday.

On Wednesday Mr Jaishankar said: "Was made aware yesterday evening of exposure to possible Covid positive cases".

They are in London attending the G7 foreign ministers' meeting as guests of Britain, along with South Africa, Australia and South Korea.

He also wrote that he chose to conduct his engagements in the virtual mode "as a measure of abundant caution and also out of consideration for others". "That will be the case with the G7 meeting today as well".

The delegation will be attempting to meet virtually, Pike added.

The Indian High Commission in London did not immediately respond to requests for comment. "Signed the Migration and Mobility Partnership Agreement that would facilitate legal travel and encourage talent flows", he tweeted after the meeting.

India is experiencing a vast outbreak of COVID-19, with 382,315 new confirmed cases and 3,780 reported deaths in the last 24 hours, in what is widely believed to be an undercount.

He also participated in the first India-France-Australia Trilateral Ministerial Dialogue during which he said he had "substantive discussions" with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne.

U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said "the U.S. delegation was advised, including by the U.K.'s public health professionals, that our stringent masking, social distancing, and daily testing protocols would permit us to continue with our G7 activities as planned".

It is understood that because strict social distancing was maintained, PHE has decided those in the meetings do not need to self-isolate.

The scale of the delegations had also been reduced to minimise risk, with room headcounts indoors also cut down significantly.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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