A 70-year-old Gurudwara Priest, who died in Punjab from COVID-19 on March 18 may have infected at least 23 out of the 33 cases in Punjab. He had returned from a two-week tour of Germany and Italy with two neighbouring friends and had defied self-quarantine rules heavily earlier this month. According to reports, he had arrived in Delhi on March 6 and then drove to Punjab.
Officials are trying to track all his movements and thereby trying to figure out those who may have come in contact with him. He attended an event at Anandpur Sahib from March 8 to 10 and returned to his village in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar district. As per reports, he met nearly 100 people before being tested positive for coronavirus. He along with his two companions have visited 15 villages across the state.
He has already infected 14 of his family members who tested positive for the virus. His granddaughter and grandson each met scores of people. The officials are going village to village to find out every person who may have come in touch with him. The situation is becoming more difficult because of the reckless socializing of the three men.
In Punjab, there were 19 positive cases in Nawanshahr, five in Mohali, four in Jalandhar, three in Hoshiarpur and one each in Amritsar and Ludhiana, as per the bulletin. Two more cases were informed today, taking total cases to 33 in the state. All over India, the number of cases related to coronavirus has crossed 700 and 17 people have died.