(Reuters Photo)NEW DELHI: At least 15,000 people who may have caught the coronavirus from a “super-spreader” guru are under strict quarantine in northern India after the Sikh religious leader died of Covid-19. Baldev Singh, 70, had returned from a trip to virus-plagued Italy and Germany when he went preaching in more than a dozen villages in Punjab state. “The first of these 15 villages was sealed on March 18, and we think there are 15,000 to 20,000 people in the sealed villages,” said Gaurav Jain, a senior magistrate for the district of Banga, where Singh lived. Nineteen people who were in contact with the preacher have already tested positive for the new virus, said Vinay Bublani, a local deputy police commissioner. A similar alert has been declared in the town of Bhilwara in Rajasthan state after there were two deaths out of 19 virus cases.
Source: Bangkok Post March 28, 2020 09:33 UTC