Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee tests positive for COVID-19

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New Delhi, August 10 (EFE) .- Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee (2012-2017) reported on Monday that he tested positive for COVID-19, while the country has exceeded 2.2 million confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic.
“Today, during a visit to the hospital for a different procedure, I tested positive for COVID-19. I ask the people who contacted me last week to isolate themselves and take the test, ”Mukherjee posted on Twitter.
The 84-year-old former president did not specify whether to end treatment at a hospital.
After the announcement, social media turned upside down and wished him a speedy recovery. “Please be careful. We pray for your speedy recovery and good health,” the head of the Government of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, wished through the same social network.
India’s Minister of Railways, Trade and Industry, Piyush Goyal, joined the votes: “I pray for the well-being and speedy recovery of Shri Pranab Mukherjee. I am sure that you will recover from the virus quickly. I wish you strength and good health “, he said.
India today reached 2,215,074 confirmed cases and 44,386 deaths.
These numbers keep the second most populous country in the world as the third most infected, after the United States and Russia, according to data from the US Johns Hopkins University.
Other leading politicians in the country, such as Interior Minister Amit Shah or the head of Madhya Pradesh state government, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, have also tested positive for coronavirus in recent weeks.

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