LA mayor tests positive for Covid after Cop26 breakfast with global leaders

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Eric Garcetti is now self-isolating following his positive Covid test (Ian West/PA) (PA Archive)
Eric Garcetti is now self-isolating following his positive Covid test (Ian West/PA) (PA Archive)

The mayor of Los Angeles has tested positive for coronavirus a day after attending a breakfast with the Prime Minster, the leaders of the UK’s devolved nations and a host of other heads of government.

Mayor Eric Garcetti is now isolating in his hotel.

Boris Johnson made a brief appearance at the event on Tuesday in the blue zone at Cop26 in Glasgow.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and her Welsh counterpart Mark Drakeford hosted the event along with Northern Ireland’s First Minister Paul Givan and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill.

A message on the official mayor of Los Angeles Twitter account posted on Wednesday afternoon said: “Mayor Garcetti tested positive for COVID-19 earlier today.

“He is feeling good and isolating in his hotel room. He is fully vaccinated.”

Among those in attendance at the breakfast were the prime ministers of Norway, Sweden, Barbados and Vietnam, as well as UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss.

The presidents of Armenia, Costa Rica and Zambia also took part, as well as Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Glasgow City Council leader Susan Aitken.

Mr Sturgeon met Mr Garcetti “briefly”, according to her spokesman, but she has not been identified as a close contact.

Everyone attending the Cop26 blue zone must take a lateral flow test each morning and increased hygiene procedures are in place at the venue.

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