CARBIS BAY, England—World leaders descending on the rolling hills of Cornwall this weekend for the first in-person meeting of the Group of Seven leading economies after more than a year of videoconferences and phone calls found a summit that was still far from normal.
Hours before it officially started, the G-7 saw its first major Covid-19 scare—on a cruise ship.
The U.K. government hired the Silja Europa and moored it in the nearby Falmouth Harbour to house 1,000 police officers brought in to marshal the G-7. In the early hours of Friday morning, 12 officers were ordered into isolation after a policeman on the ship tested positive for the virus, according to local police.
Separately, a hotel in the county of Cornwall where the G-7 summit is located closed temporarily after several staff tested positive for Covid-19, a spokeswoman for the hotel said. Local media reported that members of the media covering the summit were among those staying at the hotel.
The U.K. has seen a rise in infections from the highly transmissible Delta variant of the virus, which originated in India. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to decide Monday whether to delay a final relaxation of Covid-19 rules due to take place later this month. Cases are up nearly 60% over the past week, to around 46,000, but still far below the peak.