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Monday, 20 July 2020

Hisar wedding sets off Covid infection, case registered

Deepender Deswal

Tribune News Service

Hisar, July 19

A wedding attended by close to 200 guests in Hisar last month set off a chain of Covid infection, prompting the health authorities to register an FIR. In light of the global pandemic, not more than 50 people are allowed to attend wedding functions.

The Heath Department's contact tracing wing said that about 120 persons, who attended the wedding functions on July 28 and 29 here, contracted the virus. These include 18 members of the groom's family, who owns a jewelley shop in Hisar, and 22 members of the bride's family who are from Pilibanga town of Rajasthan.

120 contract virus

  • June 28-29: Wedding function in Hisar
  • July 2: A member of groom's family test positive
  • July 10: Around 50 guests contract virus
  • July 16: A cop lodges complaint about violation of social distancing norms; so far, 120 have tested positive
  • July 17: Police register FIR against unidentified persons

The district administration has formed a three-member committee to investigate the violation of social distancing norms during the wedding.

On July 16, head constable Gursewak Singh had lodged a complaint, based on which a case under Section 188 of the IPC and Section 51 of the Disaster Management Act was registered against unidentified persons.

The contact tracing wing has written to the higher authorities that after scanning the videos and photos of the wedding, it transpired that 150 to 200 guests were present.

The health authorities began tracking down and isolating the contacts after a member of the groom's family was admitted to a private hospital after he showed Covid symptoms. He tested positive for the virus on July 2.

Of the 120 guests who have tested positive, 86 are from Hisar, 22 from Pilibanga and the rest from Fatehabad, Hansi and Sriganganagar.

The district has reported 644 cases so far. Of them, 341 have recovered. The total active cases are 291. In all, seven persons have died of Covid in the district.

Deputy Civil Surgeon Dr Jaya Goel said, "The contact tracing of persons who attended the wedding is still to be concluded. On Saturday, the woman who applied mehndi and members of her family tested positive."

When contacted, the groom's uncle said his family took care to restrict the number of guests at the wedding. "We did not invite our relatives and neighbours. It is unfortunate that my family and some guests have tested positive for the virus. We followed the guidelines and adhered to social distancing norms," he claimed.

from The Tribune

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