May 5, 2021 - World

India's foreign minister pulls out of G7 meetings in London after COVID exposure

Blinken and India foreign minister

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India's foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar pulled out of in-person meetings at a G7 event in London on Wednesday, citing possible exposure to people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Driving the news: Jaishankar met in person this week with U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken, though delegates attending the gathering are tested daily, wear masks and observe social-distancing guidelines, according to AP.

  • "We have no reason to believe any of our delegation is at risk,” State Department Ned Price said.
  • Jaishankar said he would attend the rest of his meetings virtually. India is not a member of the G7, but the foreign minister was invited to attend as a guest along with representatives from South Korea, Australia and South Africa.

The big picture: India is in the midst of the world's worst coronavirus outbreak, reporting over 380,000 cases and more than 3,700 deaths in the last 24 hours. The horrific surge in infections is believed to be driven largely by new virus variants, and has prompted the U.S. to restrict travel from India.

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