A newlywed died with barely two days after his wedding after showing symptoms of COVID-19.
30-year-old software engineer was down with diarrhea and a high fever days to his wedding ceremony and opted to postpone the event but his family members insisted the ceremony holds.
He was advised to take medication and proceed with the event attended by360 guests on June 15.
Unfortunately, he passed away 48 hours later before he could get tested for the novel virus. His body was then cremated.
Following his death and the symptoms he exhibited, all of his close relatives were tested for the virus on June 19 and 15 were confirmed to be positive.
In a desperate attempt to prevent the spread of the disease, a camp was set up where samples were taken from the other attendees. Of those, 86 have tested positive, officials said Tuesday.
The bride meañwhile tested negative for the virus
“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.
Another relative, who tested negative, said no one suspected that the groom had COVID-19.
“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.
“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.”