Patna | Jagran News Desk: In shocking incident over 90 people who attended a wedding at the Paliganj village in Bihar’s rural Patna have tested positive for the highly contagious coronavirus.

According to reports, the 30-year-old groom, who was a software engineer in Gurugram, also died two days after the marriage. The groom had returned to his village on May 12 and his marriage’s ceremonies started on June 8.

However, his health started deteriorating from the next day. Initial reports suggest that the groom had shown symptoms of the novel COVID-19 infection and was undergoing treatment.

The local administration, however, failed to test the deceased groom for the dreadful infection as his family cremated his body.

“Someone called me and told me about this incident. The Groom had returned from Gurugram and even though he was symptomatic, the family went ahead with the wedding. When his condition deteriorated, his family rushed to AIIMS Patna but he died on the way,” The Times of India quoted Patna District Magistrate Kumar Ravi as saying.

The District Magistrate further said that they collected the sample of the groom’s relatives and neighbours and found that 15 people were suffering for the deadly pathogen. Ravi noted that 80 more people who attended the wedding tested positive for COVID-19 after the administration started to contact tracing. 

The local administration has also taken cognizance of the fact that social distancing norms were not followed at the wedding as only 50 people are allowed to attend a marriage.

The incident has caused fear among the local authorities about the spread of the dreadful infection in the region. So far, the novel coronavirus, which originated in China’s Wuhan, has affected more than 9,600 people and claimed over 60 lives in Bihar.

According to the data available at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, there are nearly 2,200 coronavirus cases in Bihar while more than 7,300 have been cured of the deadly pathogen and discharged from hospital.  

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma