Groom may have infected hundreds of COVID-19 at his own wedding in India

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Super-spreader: Groom may have infected hundreds at his own wedding in India
A medic in takes a swab sample from a man to test for COVID-19, at Hotel Patliputra Ashok in Patna, in India’s Bihar state, June 20, 2020.
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A young software engineer working in a Delhi suburb who returned to his hometown in the eastern state of Bihar last month for his wedding may have infected almost 100 people with the coronavirus. The groom himself died with COVID-19 symptoms just two days after the ceremony, which was attended by more 350 friends and family.

The groom, 30, travelled to his hometown of Paliganj in Bihar in the second week of May. He soon began showing symptoms typical of the new coronavirus — fever and diarrhoea — as the June 15 wedding day approached, but he wasn’t tested for the virus and his family reportedly ignored his wishes to postpone the big day.

“Even though he was feeling unwell by June 14 and wanted the wedding deferred, family heads from both sides advised against it, citing huge financial losses if…



Source: Vanguard Newspaper