More than 100 people have tested positive for coronavirus in India after attending the wedding and then funeral of the groom, who reportedly tied the knot while ill with Covid-19.
The 26-year-old groom had symptoms of the deadly virus when he got married on June 15, according to officials in Bihar state report on Wednesday. He reportedly died two days later.
Raj Kishor Chaudhary, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in Patna, the state capital revealed that: “So far 111 people who either attended the wedding or the funeral have tested positive. All others have been identified and isolated”.
Doctors are not sure if the unnamed groom – a software engineer – was the source of the infection as he was cremated before tests could be carried out. But the CMO said said around 400 people who attended the wedding or funeral would be isolated following a spate in infections.
The groom had shown symptoms before the wedding. He reportedly home from near New Delhi a week before the wedding.
He was briefly admitted to hospital, but his family had him discharged and hosted the wedding. He died at his home two days later, with nearly 200 people attending the funeral. Some had attended both.
None of the groom’s relatives, including his bride.
India coronavirus lockdown and social distancing rule does not permit more than 50 guests at weddings and 20 people at funerals to limit the risk of spreading coronavirus.
The South Asian country with about 1.3 billion people has 673,904 confirmed cases of Covid-19 with about and 19, 279 deaths as at Sunday July 5.
Bihar, one of the country’s poorest regions and home to 120 million people, has recorded nearly over 10,000 cases, with more than 60 deaths.
Lack of testing may mean the true figures are not what is reported and
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has eased lockdown restrictions despite a surge in cases.
Wedding in India is often big and lavish.