Two members of India’s G7 delegation test positive for COVID-19

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken with India's Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar following a bilateral meeting in London on 3 May 2021, during the G7 foreign ministers meeting.

India's foreign minister pulled out of in-person meetings at a Group of Seven gathering in London on Wednesday because of possible exposure to the coronavirus.

PTIAccording to numerous sources, two members of the delegation tested positive on Tuesday with further test results still awaited.

Delegates attending the event at Lancaster House in London have been observing social distancing and are separated by transparent screens in meetings, and are tested daily for the virus.

Jaishankar was pictured meeting British interior minister Priti Patel on Tuesday, although Patel did not have to self-isolate because the meeting had been held in line with existing rules.

The minister tweeted ahead of the meeting that he was made aware on Tuesday 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.

India, Australia, South Korea and South Africa have been invited as guests as the United Kingdom tries to deepen ties with the Indo-Pacific region.

"As a measure of abundant caution and also out of consideration for others, I chose to conduct my engagements in the virtual mode".

The British delegation for now insists that all precautions had been deployed after Sky News reported that there were two Covid-19 cases among the Indian delegation, which it seems did not take part in the G-7 sessions during the day.

The second day of the two-day G7 meeting on Wednesday is due to focus on attempts to bolster open societies and make coronavirus vaccines available around the world.

NEW: Hearing there is a COVID scare amongst India's G7 delegates.

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.

The protocols in place involve staff and delegates required to complete daily COVID-19 tests throughout the summit before entering any of the venues.

Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States and the UK as well as the European Union are among the G7 members.

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