Guwahati: At a time when the Government has directed that only 50 persons will be allowed to attend weddings due to COVID-19, at least 90 people who were part of a wedding in Paliganj in Patna, Bihar, have tested COVID-19 positive. Even more shockingly, the 30-year-old groom died just 2 days after the marriage function took place.
The groom, who was a software engineer working in a Gurugram company, was cremated without testing for the virus, even though he had shown symptoms associated with the respiratory illness. His family had reportedly cremated him without informing authorities.
As soon as the news of the groom's death was conveyed to the district administration of Patna, the people who were close to the couple were tested for COVID-19 and 15 people who were a part of the function tested positive. This alarmed the district administration, who initiated the contact tracing process. At the end of the ordeal, as many as 80 more people had tested COVID-19 positive.
The groom had returned to his native village, Deehpali, on May 12 to attend his wedding. Although he had shown symptoms of the disease, his family decided to proceed with the wedding function. The situation grew dire in the next 2 days and although he was rushed to the AIIMS in Patna, his health deteriorated and he passed away.
After his death, the district administration was made aware and it swung into action, conducting tests for the wedding guests. Although as many as 95 people associated with the wedding tested positive, the bride tested negative.
Meanwhile, the family has been chided by the district administration for going ahead with the rituals despite the groom showing what appeared to be clear symptoms of the COVID-19.
According to union health ministry data, Bihar has reported 9,640 COVID-19 positive cases so far, out of which 2,188 are active. 62 people have died in the state due to COVID-related complications.