Guwahati: Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has become the latest high-profile personality in the country to become infected with the dreaded coronavirus on Monday (August 10).
The 84-year-old Pranab Mukherjee informed that while visiting the hospital for a separate procedure, he was tested for the coronavirus and his swab tested positive for the dreaded virus. The former President has appealed all the persons who have been in close proximity to him over the past few days to get tested for the virus.
"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", Mukherjee wrote in his tweet, along with the hashtag "CitizenMukherjee."
On a visit to the hospital for a separate procedure, I have tested positive for COVID19 today.— Pranab Mukherjee (@CitiznMukherjee) August 10, 2020
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
Soon after Mukherjee's admission, wishes started pouring in from all corners of the country.
"Sir, wishing you a speedy recovery and a long & healthy life", wrote senior Congress leader and former Cabinet Minister Ajay Maken.
"Concerned to know that you have tested positive for Corona. I pray to Lord Jagannath for your quick recovery", wrote another Congressman, Niranjan Patnaik from Odisha.
Pranab Mukherjee is an Indian politician who served as the 13th President of India from 2012 until 2017. In a political career spanning five decades, Mukherjee has been a senior leader in the Indian National Congress and has occupied several ministerial portfolios in the Government of India.
Mukherjee's coronavirus positive status has come to light at a time when several national leaders are suffering from the disease. Amit Shah, the Union Home Minister and right-hand man of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has also tested positive for the coronavirus disease.