The Indian delegation in the UK for this week’s G7 meeting is self-isolating after two positive COVID tests among them, Sky News understands.
Although it is not a G7 member, India was invited to attend the first in-person meeting of the group’s foreign ministers in more than two years in London this week.
The meeting was described as “COVID-secure talks” ahead of this June’s full G7 summit in Cornwall.
On Wednesday morning, vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said he was unaware of reports of G7 delegates self-isolating following a COVID scare.
Asked on Sky News whether he knew how many were self-isolating, he said: “I don’t I’m afraid, but obviously Public Health England and the team that are organising G7 take this very seriously.
“We continue to have one of the most robust set of protocols around testing and so we will make sure that happens, but I don’t know the numbers.”
He added: “This is news to me… I can’t really comment.”
Home Secretary Priti Patel met with India’s foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Tuesday as the pair signed a new migration agreement.
However, Sky News understands as Dr Jaishankar has not tested positive, Ms Patel will not be self-isolating.