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Wednesday, May 05, 2021, 17:19
Virus scare at G7 meeting after Indian delegates test positive
By Reuters
Wednesday, May 05, 2021, 17:19 By Reuters

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a press conference with India's Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar following a bilateral meeting in London on May 3, 2021, during the G7 foreign ministers meeting. (PHOTO / AFP)

India's entire delegation to the Group of Seven summit in London is self-isolating after two of its members tested positive for COVID-19, the British government said on Wednesday.

"Two delegates tested positive so the entire delegation is now self isolating," a British official said.

"The meeting had been enabled by a strict set of COVID protocols, including daily testing of all delegates," the British official said.

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The United States' delegation to the G7 foreign ministers' meeting in London will continue activities as planned, a State Department spokesman said on Wednesday after two of India's representatives tested positive for COVID-19

Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar did not test positive for the virus, Sky News reporter Joe Pike said on Twitter. Jaishankar was pictured meeting British interior minister Priti Patel on Tuesday.

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

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The Indian High Commission in London did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The United States' delegation to the G7 foreign ministers' meeting in London will continue activities as planned, a State Department spokesman said on Wednesday.

"The US delegation was advised, including by the UK'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," US State Department spokesman Ned Price told traveling press.

Earlier, British vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said he was unaware of a report that delegates from G7 countries were self-isolating because of a COVID-19 scare.

India is not a G7 member but was invited by Britain to this week’s summit, along with Australia, South Africa and South Korea. 

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