“Two people test positive among India delegation on the G7 summit,” the statement says.
It is noted that the self-isolation after positive results of coronavirus tests is provided by a special protocol developed for the first in-person meeting of the group's foreign ministers in more than two years, which takes place in the UK capital from May 3 to 5.
In addition to the foreign ministers of the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Canada, the United States, France and Japan, there were the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, representatives of Australia, India, South Korea and South Africa, as well as the Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Lim Jock Hoi.
According to India's foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Twitter, members of the Indian delegation plan to virtually participate in the G7 plenary session scheduled for Wednesday, considering the discovery of two cases of coronavirus infection.
Was made aware yesterday evening of exposure to possible Covid positive cases. As a measure of abundant caution and also out of consideration for others, I decided to conduct my engagements in the virtual mode. That will be the case with the G7 Meeting today as well.— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) May 5, 2021
As it was reported, in March, India detected a new “double mutant variant” of the novel coronavirus, the health ministry said, adding to concern as the government struggles with the highest single-day tally of new infections and deaths this year.
In April, half of the world's new Covid-19 infections occurred in India. India was breaking its own and world records for the fifth day in a row for the daily increase in new cases of coronavirus infection. Such horrifying figures have not been observed in any other state since the beginning of the pandemic to this day.
With Indian hospitals struggling to secure a steady supply of oxygen, and more COVID-19 patients dying amid the shortages, a court in New Delhi said it would start punishing government officials for failing to deliver the life-saving items.