This afternoon, Pranab Mukherjee, the former president of India said that he has tested +ve for COVID-19. He urged in a tweet that all people who came in contact with him in the last week should isolate and take precaution and get tested for COVID-19.
The pandemic has affected over 22 lakh people in India till now.
“On a visit to the hospital for a separate procedure, I have tested positive for COVID19 today. I request the people who came in contact with me in the last week, to please self isolate and get tested for COVID-19. #CitizenMukherjee,” the 84-year-old former president tweeted today.
After the tweet from Pranab Mukherjee, there were lots of wishes on social media for his speedy recovery.
“Please take care sir. We are praying for your speedy recovery and good health @CitiznMukherjee (sic),” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote on Twitter.
“Sir, wishing you a speedy recovery and a long and healthy life,” Ajay Maken, ex-Delhi Congress chief tweeted.
“I pray for the well being and speedy recovery of Shri Pranab Mukherjee. I am confident he will be successful in recovering from the virus quickly. Wishing him strength and good health,” Union Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted.
“Wishing Former President Shri. Pranab Mukherjee a speedy recovery from COVID-19 and good health (sic),” Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar wrote.
As per his profile on his official website, he wrote several books on the Indian Economy and Nation Building. he had received the second-highest civilian award in 2018, Padma Vibhushan, including the Best Parliamentarian Award in 1997 and Best Administrator in India Award in 2011.
Other top politicians have also been infected by the virus, including Amit Shah, Union Home Minister, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, Congress leader Siddaramaiah.
After the US and Brazil, India is the third worst-hit country by the pandemic.
India crossed 22 lakh infected numbers. In only 4 days India reported 2 lakh COVID-19 cases. Over 44,000 patients have died since the beginning of the pandemic.