India’s G7 delegation forced to self-isolate after positive Covid tests

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India’s G7 delegation forced to self-isolate after positive Covid tests

India’s G7 delegation forced to self-isolate after positive Covid tests

the entire Indian delegation to the g7 summit of leading economies in London is now self-isolating after two members tested positive for covid the news came as foreign ministers reconvened for the last day of the talks

which had been hailed as a return to face-to-face diplomacy our diplomatic correspondent james landau reports

Boris johnson dropping by the g7 talks this afternoon determined to show confidence in an international meeting hit by a covid scare determined to show that face-to-face diplomacy is possible in a pandemic I’ve had a very good meeting with secretary blanket India’s foreign minister a guest at the talks has spent the last few days in London meeting

counterparts from the united states and south Africa even the home secretary pretty Patel but then this morning this in a tweet he said that he was made aware yesterday evening of his exposure to possible coveted positive cases as a measure of abundant caution I decided to conduct my engagements in the virtual mode 

India has suffered grievously in recent weeks and it appears two junior officials may have traveled while infected the foreign office has imposed tight covered rules at Lancaster house and the Indian delegation had yet to attend any meetings here but the cases were picked up by mandatory daily tests the foreign secretary said the problem

had been managed and it was vital for essential diplomacy to continue we’ve done this in a very secure way but we’ve got to get uh governments together leaders together countries together

 if we’re going to solve what is clearly not just a global pandemic but a global plan for recovery so today the Indian minister joined the meeting in the now traditional way officials say the discovery of these two cases show the effectiveness of the tight regulations they put in place but it will surely raise questions about

whether it’s too early for face-to-face diplomacy like this and whether future planned international meetings should go ahead in person as planned as it happened the pandemic was top of today’s agenda the ministers agreed to produce more vaccines share them more fairly but there was no promise to spend more money

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