Former Indian president Pranab Mukherjee said on Monday that he tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
“On a visit to the hospital for a separate procedure, I have tested positive for COVID19 today,” he tweeted. I request the people who came in contact with me in the last week, to please self isolate and get tested for COVID-19,” the 84-years old Congress President added.
According to TOI, the president underwent brain surgery for clot removal, which went successfully on Monday. He has now been put into the ventilator.
Mukherjee’s age on paper puts him at a high risk however, there have been a number of cases where senior citizens have successfully fought off the novel virus that has so far infected more than 2 million in India and upended hundreds of thousands of lives.
The latest senior in limelight to have recovered from COVID-19 is Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan, who successfully beat the virus at the age of 77 years.
As soon the former President tweeted, wishes started to pour in from the political as well as general followers on social media. “
“I am certain that you will fully recover under the advice of our able doctors. I wish you speedy recovery,” Minister of State for Road transport and Highway Vijay Kumar Singh wrote on Twitter.
“Concerned to know that you have tested positive for Corona. I pray to Lord Jagannath for your quick recovery,” ex-Cabinet Minister and current state President of Orissa Pradesh Congress Committee tweeted.
India’s COVID count is the third-largest in the world after the US and Brazil. In just four days after attaining the somber milestone of 2 million, Monday morning saw the nation surpass 2.2 million mark.
Former President Mukherjee is one of the many high-profile Indian diplomats to have tested positive for the novel coronavirus that has infected over 18 million around the world.
Just recently, Union Home Minister Amit Shah revealed he tested positive for the novel coronavirus and is presently undergoing treatment in a hospital.
BJP Delhi MP Manoj Tiwari wrongly stated Amit Shah tested negative for the virus, a Home Ministry official told Economic Times. Tiwari later deleted the Tweet.
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