Two members of the Indian delegation at the London G7 summit test POSITIVE for Covid as a whole group “go into self-isolation”
- Two members of the Indian delegation to the G7 summit in London tested positive
- It is now assumed that the entire group has come into self-isolation as a precaution
- Fears have increased about the spread of Indian variants of the disease
- The meeting of foreign ministers aims to show that the full G7 can safely take place next month
It is believed that the Indian delegation at the G7 Foreign Ministers Summit in London fell into self-isolation after positive coronavirus cases.
Government sources confirmed to MailOnline that two members of the delegation tested positive and it is now assumed as a precaution that the entire group is in isolation.
India is not part of the G7, but they are attending the gathering – the first major face-to-face meeting since the pandemic broke out.
Priti Patel met with Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar at the Ministry of Interior yesterday, but he is not believed to be one of the positive cases.
Revelation threatens to throw the summit into chaos. It should be Covid-proof and show that international diplomacy can go back to normal ahead of the full G7 summit in Cornwall next month.
Among other things, US President Joe Biden is to take part.
The news came amid growing fears about Indian Covid variants. Numbers suggest they now account for one in ten cases in London.
Data from the Sanger Institute, which analyzes positive swabs for different variants, suggests that the mutant strains spread widely in April.
G7 ministers posed for a “family photo” yesterday. India is not part of the G7, but they do participate in the assembly
Priti Patel met with Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar at the Ministry of Interior yesterday, but he is not believed to be one of the positive cases
Nationwide, the three different variants – all of which are genetically similar – account for 2.4 percent of all infections in the last week up to April 17, a 12-fold increase of just 0.2 percent at the end of March.
However, the same numbers suggest that every tenth case in London was caused by the B.1.617 variants.
The data also showed that the percentage was 46 percent in Lambeth and 36 percent in Harrow. However, the numbers are based on a small number of cases, so clusters or super-spreading events have an amplified effect that can quickly fade.
Not much is known about the Indian variant related to an explosion in cases in India where bodies have been taken to the streets and mass cremations have taken place in public parking lots because hospitals run out of oxygen.
However, one scientist said the latest data – which does not include travel tests and is meant to be a snapshot of infection rates in the community – suggests it may “outperform” the UK-dominant Kent variant.