A hotel in England hosting security for Germany’s G7 delegates was closed after 13 employees were positive for Covid, Sky News reported. The British Prime Minister’s Office said German leader Angela Merkel would still attend the event.
Pedn Olva Hotel in St Ives, Cornwall var reportedly is used by security personnel for German officials as well as personnel from the American television station CBS who are said to be filming live from the roof.
Thirteen out of the hotel’s 17 employees have reportedly tested positive for Covid.
The site is just a mile up the coast from Carbis Bay, where world leaders have gathered for the G7 summit, including US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who met in person for the first time on Thursday.
Data from British government Covid-19 shows that there have only been 44 infections in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in the week from 30 May to 5 June.
Sky said it had spoken to the security staff of the German delegation, who said they had done so “Haven’t been told anything”, while an employee said the hotel was “Closes and goes on board.”
The hotel owner was quoted as confirming that some of the staff had tested positive for coronavirus and the hotel “Reopens when a full Covid-19 deep cleaning has taken place and we have the available staff to run it.”
A spokesman for Johnson said Chancellor Merkel is still planning to attend the summit, reported.
Last month, another G7 event in Cornwall – preceded by key talks this week – also saw a Covid-19 scare as two members of the Indian delegation tested positive.
Although not a G7 member, India was invited as a guest and its officials met face to face with their British counterparts.
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