Padma Shri Nirmal Singh dies of coronavirus in Punjab

WION Web Team
Amritsar, Punjab, India Published: Apr 02, 2020, 09:56 AM(IST)

Padma Shri Nirmal Singh Photograph:( IANS )

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Nirmal Singh had a foreign-travel history and was admitted to hospital after he complained of breathlessness and dizziness on March 30.

Padma Shri and former 'Hazoori Raagi' at the Golden Temple, Nirmal Singh died of coronavirus in Punjab early this morning. He breathed his last in Amritsar at around 4.30 am. 

Nirmal Singh had a foreign-travel history and was admitted to hospital after he complained of breathlessness and dizziness on March 30. He tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday, after which he was put on a ventilator.

Reports say Singh had met a number of people after he returned from abroad. He had been to Delhi and Chandigarh. He had also performed a "kirtan'' at a house in Chandigarh on March 19.

His two daughters, son, wife, a driver and six others who were with him at these events have been isolated at a hospital.

Nirmal Sing received the Padma Shri in 2009.

According to health ministry, there are 1,834 coronavirus cases in India, including 41 deaths. Punjab has 46 coronavirus cases, and Nirmal Singh is the fifth death in the state.

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