New Delhi: Karnataka on Friday recorded its third coronavirus-linked death as a 65-year-old man passed away in Tumakuru today morning. The man did not have any recent history of foreign travel, but had travelled to Delhi in a train on March 5 and left for Bengaluru on March 11. Also Read - Coronavirus Update, March 18: Karnataka Announces Rs 200 Crore to Combat Spread of COVID-19; State Lockdown Till March 31
The development prompted the authorities to initiate an effort to track down the passengers who were on the trains that the deceased had travelled on, from both sides.
According to reports, the man had travelled to Delhi on the Sampark Kranti Express and on reaching the capital on March 7, participated in an event at the Jama Masjid. On return to Bengaluru, he took a bus on March 14 to reach his hometown of Sira.
He first started showing signs of coronavirus on March 18 and was taken to a private hospital. He was sent home with medicines but his condition worsened after which he was admitted to the district hospital on March 23. However, later, he checked himself out against all advice and went to another private hospital.
His condition deteriorated and he was sent to another district hospital where he tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and died at around 10:30 AM today.
The deceased was one of the 60 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Karnataka. Earlier, a 76-year-old man and a 70-year-old man had died due to the infection, with the former being India’s first casualty due to the virus.