(New Delhi) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi “will not attend G7 summit in UK”, Government of India said on Tuesday, as the country is affected by the widespread wave of pandemics.
India is not part of the G7, but has been invited to the next meeting by the UK, which currently chairs the group’s rotation.
“Given the current COVID-19 situation, it has been decided that the Prime Minister will not attend the G7 summit,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said in a statement.
The decision to actually attend the summit to be held in June took place in Cornwall in the south of England, with around 330,000 new cases and around 3,900 deaths reported in India on Monday.
India, with 1.3 billion inhabitants, is the second most infected country in the world after the United States, with approximately 23 million cases reported.
The new wave has affected large cities, but also rural areas, leading hospitals to breaking points and acute shortages of oxygen and beds.
Many states across the country have banned lockouts, as well as travel and activities.
The World Health Organization said on Monday that the variant spread in India appeared to be more contagious and should be classified as a “concern”.
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