Groom dead, 95 wedding guests test positive in India

Online Desk | Published: 12:21, Jun 30,2020


A symbolic wedding photo

As many as 95 guests who attended a wedding in Patna, in India on June 15 have tested positive. The groom, a software engineer in Gurugram who was symptomatic, had died two days after the wedding, reports India Today.

He was, however, cremated without being tested for Covid-19 even though he was symptomatic.

After the district administration in Patna was informed of the groom’s death at a village in Paliganj, 50km from Patna, close relatives of the couple were tested and as many as 15 people who had attended the wedding celebrations on June 15 tested positive.

The administration then began contact tracing and on Monday, 80 more people tested positive for novel coronavirus -- making it possibly the first case of mass spread of coronavirus in India’s Bihar state.

The Patna administration, however, could not test the deceased groom for Covid-19 as his family had cremated him without informing the authorities.

As per police sources, the 30-year-old groom returned to his village Deehpali on May 12 for his wedding. During this period, he developed symptoms of COVID-19 but the family went ahead with the wedding.

Two days after the wedding, his health deteriorated and he died as he was being taken to AIIMS, Patna.

The administration has said there was massive violation of guidelines by the family who went ahead with the wedding despite the groom showing symptoms of COVID-19.

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