All kinds of vehicular movement and public gatherings in the area have been banned with immediate effect Credit: Representational image

Imphal: After a 65-year-old man from Manipur’s Thoubal district tested positive for COVID-19 late on Wednesday night, the district administration has ordered a total lockdown and restriction of public movement along the Lilong area in Imphal.

“It has been reported that a resident of Lilong has tested COVID-19 positive and in view of the impending threat of COVID-19 pandemic in the area, it has become expedient to issue containment measures to prevent spread of the disease in the area,” district deputy commissioner N Bandana Devi said in a statement.

According to the official report, during the containment process, the geographical area of Lilong will be completely sealed off and public movement, which means entry and exit of the population, will be restricted.

Moreover, all kinds of vehicular movement and public gatherings in the area are banned with immediate effect, it said.

The sealing area include Jama Masjid road in the north, Ngangou road or Buya Salam road towards the south as well as National Highway 102 and Imphal River road in East and West area.

As per reports, the Manipur man who tested COVID-19 positive has been linked to the religious congregation at Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi last month, taking the total number of coronavirus cases in the state to two.

Of the 10 people from the state who attended Tablighi Jamaat congregation in the national capital last month, eight of them tested negative whereas the man from Lilong tested positive for coronavirus. The result of the remaining person is awaited.

The first case in the state was reported on March 24 after a 23-year-old girl from Imphal West had tested positive with a travel history to London.

At present, the girl is undergoing treatment for coronavirus at JNIMS isolation ward, whereas the man is admitted to RIMS Hospital.

Both the COVID-19 patients are in stable condition, as per official reports.

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