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Coronavirus: 40,000 Put in Quarantine Due to a Single Man

Authorities in the state of Punjab in India have taken about 40,000 people under quarantine from around 20 villages due to a coronavirus outbreak due to just one person.

A 70-year-old had died of coronavirus the reason was only discovered later.

The man was a preacher and has ignored the pandemic after returning from Germany and Italy and refused to self-quarantine.

There are a total of 30 cases in Punjab while the entire country has 640 cases.

Experts say that the positive cases in India are quite less and the country also has one of the lowest testing rates all over the world.

If an outbreak happened in the country it would affect the entire 1.3 billion population.

The man has been identified as Baldev Singh who has visited a large gathering to celebrate Hola Mohalla shortly before he died.

A week after his death, 19 more of his relatives tested positive.

“So far, we have been able to trace 550 people who came into direct contact with him and the number is growing. We have sealed 15 villages around the area he stayed,” an official said.

The neighboring five villages have also been sealed.

While on the other hand, Bhilwara a city in the state of Rajasthan there is a fear that a group of doctors is affected due to a patient that came in. As a result, about seven thousand people have been put into home quarantine.

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This all is going on while India is under a 21-day lockdown with people allowed to go out for essential items.