Julia Hartley-Brewer grills Robert Jenrick on G7 Covid rules
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Julia Hartley-Brewer has grilled Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick over the coronavirus safety measures set up around the G7 summit in Cornwall next week. The TalkRADIO host suggested that the gathering could see world leaders and their entourages travel to the UK “in the thousands.” She pressed the Government Minister on whether the G7 attendees will be required to undergo the same self-isolation which is mandatory for other international arrivals into Britain.
Ms Hartley-Brewer told the Cabinet Minister: “Next week the American President arrives he is going to meet the Queen and Boris Johnson other G7 leaders and indeed some other countries representatives as well.
“We have got finance meetings, health meetings today and tomorrow. Huge numbers of people all their entourages all arriving in the country.”
She asked: “How many people are arriving for the G7 summit in Cornwall and how many of those will have had to self-isolate?”
Mr Jenrick replied: “I don’t know the precise details to be honest Julia.”
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“Thousands isn’t it,” interrupted the host.
“A lot of thought has been put into this I do by the Foreign Office and the relevant authorities,” continued the Housing Secretary.
“To make sure it is as safe as possible and they will be taking precautions there will be regular testing.”
Ms Hartley-Brewer snapped back: “Thousands of people are going to arrive, security staff, entourages, secretaries, everybody is going to arrive along with the American President and the French leader and all the other countries’ leaders.
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“They are not going to have to self-isolate is that because Covid doesn’t actually infect people who are on diplomatic passports or because they are rich and powerful.
“And it only affects ordinary people like me and my listeners. Why is that?”
Mr Jenrick responded: “A lot of thought and planning has gone into this, it will be vastly reduced in scale from previous gatherings of this kind.
“So the sorts of entourages you are referring to will be on an altogether different scale to what we have seen in the past.”
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Ms Hartley-Brewer pressed: “But they won’t have to self-isolate?”
“We will be taking precautions to make sure the event goes ahead,” said the Tory minister.
“Which is an important one for the UK and our leadership in the world.
“But that it is done as safely as possible.”
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