Went to Chandigarh to perform Kirtan at Sector 27, Kothi number 73
Amritsar, April 1- Former Hazori Ragi of Golden Temple Nirmal Singh (62) when he was tested positive of Corona virus.
Confirming about the positive test, civil surgeon Dr. Prabhdeep Kaur Johal said that today report given by the Government Medical college was positive.
Earlier, on March 30, in suspicion Ragi Nirmal Singh was admitted in the General ward of Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, since his chest x-ray indicated severe chest infection along with lungs.
Nirmal Singh has recently returned from abroad, on his return he was feeling breathlessness, dizziness and fever. On 29thMarch his tests were carried out in the Shri Guru Ramdas Research Institute of Medical Sciences and hospital and finally he was referred to Guru Nanak Hospital for further advanced diagnose.
Meanwhile, police has sealed the complete area around the residence of Ragi Nirmal Singh, adjoining houses were being quarantined.
Civil surgeon said two daughters, one son, wife, his driver, two sewadars, two of his assistant besides one chacha and chachi accompanied Ragi at Chandigarh to perform Kirtan at Sector 27, Kothi number 73.
Adding further she informed that all the people accompanying him Chandigarh on March 19, were isolated in the Guru Nanak Dev Hospital and their blood samples will be taken.
Chandigarh administration was also informed about religious gathering at sector 27 to take necessary steps in this regard, she added.
She said that guests from abroad had come to raagi’s house on March 3. All were advised for quarantine. Two times teams of health department visited.
On being asked is it a suspected case of Community spread? She said, “Yes we can think. Possible. And we are trying to get history of any other visit by him to some other religious smagam. Before and after”.
It is also learnt that after his return from abroad, he also held big SAMELAN (large religious gathering) in Delhi and some other places.
Health department was also busy today to quarantine the family members and friends of Ragi Nirmal Singh who remained with him for the last one month.
He is one of the excellent raagis having knowledge of all the 31 Raags in Gurbani of Dhan Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.
For his services in the field of "arts", he was awarded the Padma Shri award (India's fourth highest civilian award) by the government of India in 2009. He was the first hazoori raagi to receive this award.