Since April 10, the man was in ICU and under ventilator support  Credit: Representational image

Imphal: A 66-year-old man who tested positive for COVID-19 in Karnataka after returning from Moreh, a border town in Manipur, died on Thursday morning, as per reports.

According to reports, the man traveled from Manipur to his home city Bengaluru on March 12. On April 9, he developed acute respiratory infection and was undergoing treatment at the trauma care centre in Victoria Hospital campus.

Since April 10, the man was in ICU and under ventilator support, reports said.

Earlier, following reports of the man testing positive for novel coronavirus, 19 people, who had come in close contact with him during his stay in Manipur, were traced. They tested negative.

However, they have been kept at the quarantine centre in Moreh as precautionary measures. As per state health officials, the man had left Moreh on March 12 and he might have contracted the disease from outside Manipur.

The first COVID patient in Manipur was reported on March 24, when a 23-year-old girl from Imphal West with a travel history to London tested positive for the deadly coronavirus. She was treated at the state-owned hospital JNIMS in Imphal with a team jointly headed by Dr Uthan and Dr Manojkumar.

On April 12, she was declared free from the virus after she tested negative thrice for COVID-19 and was discharged from the hospital.

Meanwhile, Manipur has just one active COVID-19 patient — a 65-year-old man linked with Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz congregation held last month.

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