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Padma Shri recipient Nirmal Singh dies due to coronavirus

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Padma Shri recipient and a celebrated artist Nirmal Singh on Thursday breathed his last due to coronavirus at Amritsar in Punjab. The 62-year-old spiritual singer was a former ‘Hazuri Raagi’ at Golden Temple.

Singh was on a ventilator since Wednesday. “His risk factor increased due to his bronchial asthma,” KBS Sidhu, a senior officer in charge of Punjab’s COVID-19 response, said.

He had recently returned after a trip abroad and was admitted to the hospital after he complained of breathlessness and dizziness on March 30.

According to officials, he had held a large religious gathering in Delhi, Chandigarh, and some other places after his return. Along with his family members and relatives, 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.

Singh, who received the Padma Shri in 2009, was known for his knowledge of all 31 “Raags” in the Gurbani of the Sikh holy book Guru Granth Sahib.

He is Punjab’s fifth coronavirus victim. The state has 46 coronavirus cases.

The government on Thursday said there are 1,965 coronavirus cases in India, including 50 deaths.

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