Groom dies of COVID-19 five days after wedding
A 26-year-old man died due to a COVID-19 infection after his wedding in Kendrapara District of Odisha, prompting the authorities to conduct coronavirus tests on the attendees of the marriage ceremony, as fears mount of it turning into a super-spreader. Sanjay Kumar Nayak, a native of Durgadevipada village, under the jurisdiction of Rajkanika Police Station, had got married on May 10.
Deceased had returned from Bengaluru for the wedding
Nayak, who had returned from Bengaluru for his marriage, developed flu-like symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19 on May 13. "Initially, he was in home isolation but after his condition worsened, he was admitted to a private hospital in Bhubaneswar, where he succumbed to the infection on May 15," Medical Officer of the Community Health Center (CHC) of Rajkanika, Bibek Rout, said.
Investigation underway to trace contacts of the attendees
A medical team rushed to Durgadevipada village on Sunday and collected samples of the family members of the deceased, including that of the bride. An investigation is on to ascertain how many people attended the wedding and to trace their contacts.
People are being asked to undertake RAT after attending weddings
"A special medical camp has been set up in the village to test other people for COVID-19 as we are apprehensive of the wedding function turning into a super spreader," the official said. Meanwhile, a report from Berhampur said that the District administration of Ganjam District has urged people concerned to undertake rapid antigen tests after marriage ceremonies.
Currently, only 50 people are allowed at marriage ceremonies
Ganjam District Magistrate-cum-Collector VA Kulange appealed to the people to strictly adhere to COVID-19 protocols while organizing marriage functions. At present, the state government has allowed only 50 people to participate in a marriage event.
COVID-19 active cases in Odisha stand at 95,379 cases
In the last 24 hours, Odisha has recorded a grim 11,732 fresh COVID-19 cases and 19 new COVID-19 deaths, thus pushing the state tally to 6,12,224 cases and 2,313 COVID-19 related deaths respectively. The state has so far recorded 5,14,532 COVID-19 recoveries. The number of active cases in the state stands at 95,379 cases.