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Pranab Mukherjee catches coronavirus

10 Aug 2020 16:01, Somoy English Desk
Pranab Mukherjee catches coronavirus
Pranab Mukherjee catches coronavirus

Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has tested positive for the coronavirus while on a hospital visit for a separate procedure.

In a tweet on Monday afternoon, Pranab Mukherjee, who was India's president between 2012 and 2017, urged all those who have come in contact with him in the last week to isolate themselves as a precaution and get tested for COVID-19. 

The outbreak has affected over 22 lakh people in the country.

"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, reports NDTV.

Several top Indian politicians, including Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, Congress leader Siddaramaiah, tested positive for coronavirus in the last few weeks.

India is the third worst-hit country by the pandemic after the United States and Brazil. 

This morning, the country passed 22 lakh coronavirus cases, just four days after crossing the 20-lakh mark. Over 44,000 patients have died since the beginning of the pandemic.

India has been recording a bigger single-day jump in fresh Covid infections than the US and Brazil for the last six days.

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