Pranab Mukherjee tests positive for Covid-19
Former president and senior leader of the Indian National Congress Pranab Mukherjee said on Monday he has tested positive for Covid-19.
Mukherjee, in a tweet from his official twitter handle, said he got himself tested while visiting a hospital on a seperate purpose. The reason for his visit to the hospital is unknown yet.
He has further urged all people who came in contact with him throughout last week to self-isolate themselves and get themselves tested for the virus.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala along with several other party leaders wished a speedy recovery to Mukherjee.
"We wish former President Pranab Mukherjee a speedy recovery from Covid," the Congress said on its official Twitter handle.
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
Abhijeet Mukherjee, the son of the former president, also tweeted, "I wish my father a speedy recovery ! I appeal to all my countrymen to pray for his speedy recovery & good health." Several leaders from across the political spectrum also wished him a speedy recovery.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot tweeted, "I have come to know former President of India Sh. Pranab Mukherjee has tested positive for Covid-19...concerned about his health. Wish him a speedy recovery."
"Wishing Sri Pranab Mukherjee a speedy recovery. I am sure he will be out of this sooner than later," said Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge. Union minister Piyush Goyal also wished good health for Mukherjee, and said he is confident that the former president will quickly recover from the virus.
Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi said, "Astonishing and matter of concern that former President Pranab Mukherjee tested positive for COVID per press reports. Very active, regular walker, wish him quick recovery and restful convalescence."
The news comes a week after BJP leader and Home Minister Amit Shah tested positive for the virus.