On this January 18, 2017, file photograph, then-British international secretary Boris Johnson (L) shakes fingers with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) in New Delhi. —AFP/PIB

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi “won’t attend the G7 Summit in particular person” within the UK, the Indian authorities stated Tuesday, because the nation reels from a large wave of coronavirus instances.

India will not be a part of the Group of Seven rich democracies however was invited to the talks by Britain, which holds the rotating presidency of the group all through 2021.

“Given the prevailing Covid state of affairs, it has been determined that the Prime Minister won’t attend the G7 Summit in particular person,” international ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi stated in an announcement.

The choice to nearly attend the leaders’ summit in Cornwall in southern England in June comes as India reported practically 330,00 recent instances and virtually 3,900 new deaths on Monday.

The choice additionally comes after a virus scare inside India’s international ministry delegation in early Could.

International minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, who had travelled to Britain for G7 conferences together with his counterparts, stated then that he would keep away from in-person conferences after a attainable publicity to optimistic instances.

India — a rustic of 1.Three billion folks — is the world’s second-most contaminated after the US with practically 23 million COVID-19 instances.

The brand new surge in instances has ravaged main cities, together with the capital New Delhi and monetary hub Mumbai, pushing hospitals to breaking level and resulting in extreme shortages in oxygen and beds.

Many states throughout the nation have imposed lockdowns, in addition to curbs on motion and actions to try to cut back the unfold of the virus.

However the pathogen can be spreading into rural areas, the place the vast majority of the inhabitants lives, overwhelming native well being centres but additionally crematoriums and cemeteries.

International assist has been pouring into India to alleviate the nation’s dire oxygen scarcity as a part of an enormous worldwide effort.

The pressing provides — from the US, Russia and the UK amongst others — embody oxygen turbines, face masks and vaccines.

The World Well being Organisation stated Monday {that a} COVID-19 variant spreading in India gave the impression to be extra contagious because it labeled as being “of concern”.

Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s lead on COVID-19, stated early research additionally confirmed that antibodies appeared to have much less affect on the variant in laboratory research.

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