Coronavirus strikes Bihar wedding, groom dies, 100 infected

Cheryl Sanders
July 3, 2020

There are 2,26,947 active cases of coronavirus infection presently in the country.

"Many of the people who have tested positive for COVID-19 are those who had attended the marriage ceremony", said a health official.

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 nearly 100 people with the coronavirus. There has been a surge of 4,14,106 COVID-19 cases from June 1 till date.

According to TOI, Paliganj BDO Chiranjeevi Pandey said apart from Deehpali, they have sealed Purani Bazar, Mithakuan, Baba Boring Road, and Bibipur from where people had gone and attended the wedding.

"The 80 people who have tested positive did not all essentially go to the wedding", he said. He, however, cautioned people against any lapse in social and personal behaviour that may again lead to a rise in cases. The state on Wednesday inched towards the grim milestone of one-lakh infections recording 3,882 coronavirus cases and 63 deaths on Wednesday.

The families argued that putting off the wedding would result in huge financial losses saying few COVID-19 cases had been reported in most rural areas.

Of the fresh cases, the state capital's share was 2,182 and nearby districts of Chengelpet and Tiruvallur recorded 226 and 147 cases respectively, a health department bulletin said.

New cases have remained stable, with 18,000-19,000 detected each day across the country.

Officials say the wedding on May 12 breached lockdown rules by going ahead despite the groom showing signs that he had coronavirus. A total of 1,272 new cases were reported in the state on July 1.

A family in Texas ended up with 18 members infected from a surprise 30th party, with a man in his 80s now remaining on life support where he's been since June 17.

The overall number of global COVID-19 cases has increased to over 10.6 million, while the deaths have soared to more than 5,15,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

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