A giant Mount Rushmore-style sculpture made out of electronic waste depicting G7 leaders has been erected in Cornwall. The imposing artwork, placed on the beach opposite the Carbis Bay Hotel where the summit is taking place, has been dubbed “Mount Recyclemore” and aims to highlight the problem with electronics waste.
UK: G7 leaders meet this weekend for the first time in nearly two years, after the global coronavirus pandemic forced last year’s event to be cancelled.
But the health crisis is still presenting hosts the UK with a major challenge, to prevent the virus spreading among participants.
The leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States will notably discuss post-pandemic reconstruction at the three-day talks in Carbis Bay, Cornwall.
Fair distribution of anti-Covid vaccines and climate change will also be on the agenda at the picturesque seaside resort in southwest England.
All leaders have been at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19.
They will be joined by their counterparts from the European Union, and invited guests from Australia, India, South Korea and South Africa.
Normally, G7 summits are attended by thousands of journalists but the number of accreditations this year has been drastically reduced because of social distancing requirements.
And most of those who have managed to secure a pass will be kept at a distance, at a media centre in Falmouth, some 36 kilometres (23 miles) by road from Carbis Bay.
Summit participants, including country delegation members and journalists, have to undergo regular screening using rapid tests two days before the start of the event. They then have to be tested twice the following week.
Proof of negative results is required for access to the media centre and other areas.
Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will have to self-isolate and a dedicated tracking system has been put in place. Meanwhile, a hotel, which British media reported was being used by members of Germany’s delegation to a Group of Seven summit in England, has closed because members of staff tested positive for COVID-19, its owners said on Thursday.
The Pedn Olva hotel in St Ives, a seaside town adjacent to the location of the three-day G7 leaders’ meeting in Cornwall, southwest England, had shut temporarily on advice from health officials and the local authority, the owners said. Among the guests were security staff for the German delegation and a media team working for a U.S. broadcaster, Sky News reported.
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