Thousands quarantined in India after Sikh preacher defied norms

Authorities have quarantined an estimated 40,000 people after a Sikh religious preacher who died of Covid-19 is feared to have caused community spread of coronavirus in India’s Punjab state.

Baldev Singh, the 70-year-old Sikh guru, died on March 18 in Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar district, 11 days after he returned from Germany via virus-stricken Italy. A medical examination after his death confirmed he died of Covid-19.

“This is a very crucial week for Punjab as test results of hundreds are awaited,” Father Peter Kavumpuram, public relations officer of Jalandhar Diocese, told UCA News on March 29. Read more

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