India’s foreign minister ‘exposed to possible Covid cases’ after G7 meetings in London

India’s minister for external affairs has been informed of “exposure to possible Covid positive cases” after attending the first face-to-face meeting meeting of G7 foreign ministers in over two years.

It comes amid reports that two members of India’s delegation to the meeting had tested positive for the virus, but the UK government has not commented on the matter.

Posting on Twitter,Dr. S. Jaishankar, India’s minister for external affairs, who met with Priti Patel yesterday as part of meetings in London, said: “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.

Last month, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, insisted “strict” Covid-19 secure measures had been put in place, including daily testing and social distancing guidelines.

Earlier, Nadhim Zahawi, the vaccines minister, toldS ky News he was unaware of suggestions that G7 delegates were self-isolating because of a Covid-19 scare, telling the programme: “This is news to me. I can’t really comment on this”.

India is not a member of the G7, but the country was invited to the high-level event as a guest nation, ahead of a major summit of leaders in Cornwall next month.