On Wednesday, India’s foreign minister said he had disassociated himself after a positive test in favor of two members of the country’s delegation at the G-meetings in London. Coronavirus.
Meetings marking the first face-to-face meeting of foreign ministers in more than two years are set to begin on Monday and end on Wednesday. As the UK seeks to further strengthen its ties with the Indo-Pacific region, delegates from Australia and India are taking part in several sessions on the G7 developed economy as well.
Indian External Affairs Minister Subramanian Jaishankar confirmed on Twitter that he was informed on Tuesday evening that he had been exposed in a possible Covid-19 case.
He added, “Lots of precautionary measures and beyond the consideration of others, I decided to manage my engagements in virtual mode,” he added. Officials said the rest of the smaller Indian delegates would also be self-deprecating for the rest of the G7 meeting.
An Indian government official told the Financial Times that the minister and all members of his delegation had conducted a negative test before departure of the Covid-19 in accordance with agreed protocol. Medical laboratories, however, acknowledge that the results of a few tests can be false negative.
Jayashankar met UK Home Secretary Preity Patel at a social distance on Tuesday, where they agreed on a “migration and mobility agreement” between the two countries, which would provide a “biosouk route” for young professionals from India looking to live and work in the UK. He also met with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken earlier this week.
Members of the Indian delegation have yet to attend the G-7 meeting at Lancaster House in London, where talks took place on Tuesday and continued on Wednesday.
“We are deeply sorry that Foreign Minister Jayashankar will not be able to attend the meeting in person today,” said a senior UK diplomat. “[He] Take part now, but that’s exactly why we’ve got a strict Covid protocol and daily testing. “
Coronavirus measures were effective in total meetings, including an on-site testing facility, social distance, masking and perspective screens aimed at isolating delegates at meetings.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has backed the decision to hold G7 meetings in private, saying it was important for the government to “try to do as much business as possible” despite the epidemic.
“We have a very important relationship with India and with our G7 partners,” he said as he campaigned ahead of local elections on Thursday. “As far as I understand, what has happened is that the people concerned are all isolated now,” he added, adding that he would meet Jayashankar on Wednesday afternoon through Zoom.
Officials believe that based on discussions with Public Health England, people attending meetings with Jayashankar have a lower risk of contracting the virus, as the coronavirus was restricted and would not need to isolate itself as a result.
G7 meetings, chaired by the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom Dominic Robb, Focuses on geopolitical issues such as climate change, vaccines and threats to democracy, and the UK expects to set its global UK agenda and the next foreign policy goal of BRACSIT.
The news comes as India competes with a fierce Covid-1 wave second wave that has overwhelmed the country’s healthcare system and forced many critically ill patients to fight for medical care.
India confirmed about 363,000 new infections on Tuesday, down slightly from the top of more than 400,000 new cases on Friday, but the test case also dropped from just 1.9 meters per day last week to just 1. Came down to 1.5 meters.
More than 3,700 Indians were reported to have died in Kovid as an epidemic on Tuesday, bringing the country’s total loss to more than 226,000 since the epidemic began.
But due to a lack of testing, both new cases and casualty figures are considered dramatic, while many people in rural India are dying of shortness of breath and other classic covid symptoms.
The supply of oxygen generators and life-saving drugs is currently being diverted to India from abroad, as the international community seeks to help address the growing humanitarian crisis. However, many have complained about the slow pace of aid delivery.