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Baldev Singh had returned from Italy and Germany - two worst affected countries in Europe by Covid-19

Saturday March 28, 2020 9:35 PM, ummid.com with inputs from Agencies

Punjab Corona Update March 28

Chandigarh: Over 25 villages with a propulation of more than 25,000 people in Punjab have been sealed and special food deliveries are being made to each household under even tighter restrictions than the 21-day nationwide stay-at-home order imposed by the government.

The villages are said to have been visited by Baldev Singh, 70-year-old religious preacher who along with his two associates was on preaching tour till March 18.

Baldev Sing died on March 18. It was revealed only after his death that Singh was infected with Coronavirus.

Baldev Singh Travel History

Baldev Singh had returned from Italy and Germany - two worst affected countries in Europe by Covid-19, before he embarked on the preaching tour to Punjab villages.

As on Friday, a total of 38 people, including 27 close-knit family members and friends of Baldev Singh, have found to be infected by Coronavirus, health officials said. Baldev Singh is since been called as 'super spreader guru'.

Baldev Singh, a 'granthi' belonged to S.B.S. Nagar district, previously known as Nawanshahr, from where 18 people tested positive, all belonging to his family.

Close family members infected by Covid-19

Baldev Singh's family members who were diagnosed positive comprised his three sons, two daughters-in-law, two daughters, seven grandchildren and three relatives.

The other patients who came in contact with him and so far tested positive belongs to Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur districts, the hub of non-resident Indians in Doaba region.

In Jalandhar, a 27-year-old man belonging to Virk village in Phillaur subdivision tested positive. He's a close contact of three members of a family related to Baldev Singh.

Health Minister Balbir Sidhu said 25-30 villages in Nawanshahr, Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur from where these patients came were sealed to prevent the further spread of the virus. He said the health department is monitoring those who came or believed to have come into contact with Singh.

Singh had landed at Delhi airport on March 7 and proceeded to Punjab the same day. Doctors said he had diabetes and hypertension and was confirmed as COVID-19 positive on March 18.

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