Two members of the Indian delegation who attended the G7 Countries Foreign Ministers’ meeting in London, chaired by Britain, reportedly tested positive for the new type of coronavirus.
According to Indian media reports, TWO people were diagnosed with Covid-19 in PCR tests administered to members of the delegation headed by Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.
“Yesterday we learned that we were in contact with possible Covid-19 cases. As a precaution and in order not to put others at risk, I have decided to conduct my interviews online. This will also be true at today’s G7 meeting,” he said.
Jaishankar tested positive for Covid-19, while the minister and other members of the delegation isolated themselves as a precaution.
India, which is not a member of the G7, was invited to the meeting, which was described as “the first face-to-face summit after the Covid-19 pandemic”.
Jaishankar held a face-to-face meeting with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken yesterday in which social distancing measures were implemented.
Minister Jaishankar also met Priti Patel, Britain’s Indian-born Home Secretary.
Meanwhile, in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, the Supreme Court said deaths due to a lack of respirators in the new coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak were “no different from genocide.”
The Allahabad High Court has asked county judicial authorities to confirm covid-19 deaths caused by a lack of breathing apparatus in the case, which investigates Covid-19-related deaths in Lucknow and Meerut districts, according to the country’s media.
In a statement, the court demanded that the judicial authorities submit reports on the matter at the next hearing, saying that the deaths of Covid-19 patients due to lack of breathing apparatus are to blame and that this is “no different from genocide”.
Siddhartha Varma and Ajit Kumar, members of the court, said officials who did not provide the necessary medical equipment were responsible for the deaths.
According to India’s Health Ministry, the total number of cases increased to 20,665,248 with the detection of 382,315 cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours. In the last 24 hours, 3,780 people have died, bringing the death toll from Covid-19 to 226,118. This was the highest number of fatalities recorded in a day since the outbreak.