An Indian wedding turned into COVID-19 epicenter and left the groom dead and 100 other guests infected with the virus.
NAIJA NEWS NG reports that the groom’s family didn’t heed to his request to shift the date of the wedding ceremony.
Hindustan Times revealed that the groom , a 30 years old software engineer after developing diarrhea and high fever asked his family to move the date of ceremony which held on 15th of June but they refused and instead gave him a painkiller, paracetamol . The wedding was attended by 360 guests in Paliganj.
The condition of the groom got worse two days after, he died on the way to the hospital . He left his newly married wife a widow and infected 100 of his guests with COVID-19 . They cremated his body immediately without testing him for coronavirus .
On June 19th all his family members were tested for coronavirus, 15 of them were confirmed positive.
Officials on Tuesday said to prevent the spread of the virus, a camp was set up in the area where samples were taken from those who attended the wedding and 86 of them tested positive. but his widow tested negative.
“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 the arrangements had to be canceled,” a relative said to Hindustan Times.
One of the relatives whose test came out negative said no one suspected that the groom had the virus.
“As rural areas are almost COVID-free, we were relaxed,” the relative told the news outlet.
“By the day of the wedding, he was running a high temperature, raising some concerns among his relatives, who “prayed that it was not COVID infection,” the relative said.
The relative said the groom was given paracetamol to swallow .
“He performed all the pre-wedding functions after taking Paracetamol,” he added, referring to the brand name for over-the-counter acetaminophen.
Community official Chiranjeev Pandey said: “Our first priority now is to prevent the infection and break the chain. We have sealed parts of the neighboring Meetha Kuan, Khagari and some parts of the sub-urban marketplace of Paliganj.”
COVID-19 is real let’s stay safe .