A groom has died and at least 80 guests were infected with coronavirus after a couple ignored lockdown rules to wed in India.
The unnamed man died from coronavirus just two days after he wed in Bilhar, India, despite having a high fever before the ceremony.
Family members reportedly made the man taken paracetamol to get through the occasion, but the groom’s condition worsened and he died.
The death cannot be positively linked to Covid-19, and his body was cremated before authorities were alerted, but 80 guests are said to have since tested positive.
Dubbing the groom a “super-spreader,” the Hindustan Times claims 300 guest have been tested since the nuptials and the “number of positive cases” could increase.
Eighty of Bihar’s 394 new coronavirus cases are believed to be linked to the secret ceremony.
Panicked officials have since “gone into a tizzy” after making the discovery and urgent contact testing is underway.
First Post said the groom was keen to postpone the traditional June 15th Hindu Tilak ceremony, but family members forced him to complete the rituals
By June 17th, he was rushed to hospital where he died, and his body cremated before health bosses were warned of possible coronavirus infection.
A local businessman, told the Hindustan Times the groom’s dad was a teacher, so school employees were invited alongside friends and relatives.
Dr Abha Kumari, in-charge of sub-divisional hospital, Paliganj, said news of his death spread rapidly among villagers, and claimed the family told medics he died from a heart attack.
Dr Kumari said: “People who had participated in the wedding or were connected with the function in any way started arriving at the hospital to give their swab samples for tests.”