A groom died from coronavirus in India after his family ignored his wishes to postpone the nuptials amid his spiking fever and infecting over 100 guests, according to reports.
The groom, a 30-year-old software engineer developed diarrhea and a high fever before his wedding on June 15, but his family forced him to swallow a painkiller and go through with the ceremony, which was attended by more than 360 people in Paliganj, the Hindustan Times reported.
Two days later, his condition he started feeling the worse and died on his way to a hospital, according to the news outlet. His body was quickly cremated without being tested for the coronavirus.
All of the deceased man’s close relatives were tested for the illness on June 19 and 15 were confirmed to be infected.
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 was not among those who tested positive for the bug.
“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 told the Indian Express about the groom.
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.”