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Nirmal Singh Khalsa, Golden Temple ex-Hazoori Raagi, dies of Coronavirus

The local police have sealed the nearby residences of Nirmal Singh in Amritsar to contain the spread of the virus

Thursday April 2, 2020 10:36 AM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

Nirmal Singh Khalsa Coronavirus News

[Then President of India Pratibhatai Patil had conferred Padma Shri on Nirmal Singh Khalsa (File photo)]

Chandigarh: A day after testing positive for coronavirus (covid-19), Padma Shri and former Hazoori Raagi of the Golden Temple, Nirmal Singh Khalsa, died of cardiac arrest in a hospital in Amritsar city of Punjab in wee hours of Thursday.

With this the death toll owing to Covid-19 rose to five in Punjab.

Nirmal Singh, who was to turn 68 on April 12, had recently returned from the UK and was undergoing treatment at the Guru Nanak Dev Hospital in Amritsar. He was hospitalised on March 31 with complications of breathlessness and dizziness.

On March 29, tests were carried out in Shri Guru Ramdas Research Institute of Medical Sciences after which he was referred to the Guru Nanak Hospital for advanced diagnosis.

First Hazoori Raagi to get Padma Shri

The local police have sealed the nearby residences of Nirmal Singh in Amritsar to contain the spread of the virus.

Nirmal Singh was the first Hazoori Raagi of the Golden Temple to be bestowed with the Padma Shri award in 2009. He had held large religious gatherings in Delhi and some other places after returning from abroad.

He is the second prominent Sikh guru who died of Coronavirus. On March 18, Punjab reported its first Coronavirus death when Sikh preacher (Granthi) Baldev Singh, 70, died of Coronavirus.

Baldev Singh was on religious tour after returning from Germany and Italy, and had visited a couple of dozen villages before he was diagnosed of Covid-19.

Local administration sealed 25-30 villages following Baldev Singh's death.

Punjab Coronavirus citywise cases

Punjab had reported the second death of an elderly man on March 29. The patient was in close contact with the state's first Covid-19 casualty - Baldev Singh. Both were 'granthis' -- the keeper and reader of the Sikh scripture.

They had returned from Germany and Italy and mingled freely with the people despite the home isolation advisory on landing at the IGI Airport in New Delhi on March 7.

Of the 46 cases in the state, 19 have been reported from Nawanshahr, 10 from Mohali, 06 from Hoshiarpur, 05 from Jalandhar, 03 from Ludhiana and 02 from Amritsar and 01 from Ludhiana.

The state on March 9 tested the first positive case for coronavirus, who has been discharged.

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