Groom dies of coronavirus two days after infecting 100 guests at wedding

A groom who died just days after getting married has sparked one of the biggest coronavirus infection chains in India.

The man, a 30-year-old software engineer, developed a high fever and diarrhoea before his wedding on June 15.

Despite asking for it to be postponed, local media reports claims the family made him take painkillers to get through the day.

Just two days later his condition began to worsen and he died on the way to hospital.

The Hindustan Times reports his body was quickly cremated before tests could be carried out, but a source alerted local magistrates to a potential problem brewing.

Later 15 family members tested positive, with the event triggering on of the biggest outbreaks in the country – with around 100 guests infected.



The wedding took place in Bihar, Patna, with over 350 guests attending.

Local health authorities took samples from all the guests. The bride was not among that number and most had no symptoms.

India is the fourth worst-hit nation by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic after the United States, Brazil and Russia.

India’s coronavirus infections are officially over 600,000, with 17,834 deaths reported.



Groom dies of coronavirus two days after infecting 100 guests at wedding

The fear of being quarantined in poorly maintained government facilities has discouraged people from getting tested, experts say, leading to fresh cases of COVID-19 even after the Indian government imposed the world’s longest lockdown.

Authorities there are battling to contain the pandemic while easing lockdown rules, officials and the health ministry said.

Virus tracing is key to combating the illness, with Assam’s health minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, saying they are testing villagers.

“We were isolating new coronavirus hotspots; the situation is very critical,” he said.



Groom dies of coronavirus two days after infecting 100 guests at wedding

The state of Maharashtra reported a record jump of 5,537 coronavirus infections on Wednesday, prompting authorities to again impose a stringent lockdown in areas around the financial capital, Mumbai.

Meanwhile in the UK weddings can now take place from July 4 but ceremonies will be capped at 30 guests.

Receptions or parties after weddings should not take place, but small celebrations, with groups of up to two households indoors, or up to six people from different households outdoors, will be permitted.

Couples who do not live together before a wedding ceremony will be able to exchange rings and kiss, despite the social distancing rules.

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