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New Delhi: A 70-year-old coronavirus patient, who died in Punjab on March 18, is believed to have spread the virus to at least 23 of the state’s 33 cases.

The man, who was a gurudwara priest, had returned from a two-week tour of Germany and Italy and had defied self-quarantine rules amid coronavirus aka COVID-19 pandemicto socialise heavily earlier this month.

He arrived in Delhi on March 6 and then drove to Punjab. He met close to 100 people before testing positive for coronavirus. He is also believed to have visited 15 villages across the state.

In his family itself, 14 have tested positive. His granddaughter and grandson each met scores of people.

According to reports, officials are going from village to village tracing every part who may have been exposed to COVID-19 because of the reckless socialising of the three men.

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