All India Updated: August 10, 2020, 6:48 pm IST
In the last 24 hours, over 62,000 fresh coronavirus cases have been recorded in India. As per latest figures issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), a spike of 62,117 cases in the last 24 hours has taken India’s overall recorded COVID-19 case tally to 2,226,229. Out of these cases, 636,986 cases are active while 1,544,646 people have recovered after contracting the virus. India has also recorded over 1,000 deaths in 24 hours taking the death toll countrywide to 44,597.
Former President Pranab Mukherjee this afternoon said that he has tested positive for the coronavirus while on a hospital visit for a separate procedure.
In a tweet, 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 today.
Minutes after Pranab Mukherjee posted the tweet, wishes for his speedy recovery poured on social media.
“Please take care, sir. We are praying for your speedy recovery and good health @CitiznMukherjee (sic),” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote on Twitter.
“Sir, wishing you a speedy recovery and a long and healthy life,” Ajay Maken, ex-Delhi Congress chief tweeted.
“I pray for the well being and speedy recovery of Shri Pranab Mukherjee. I am confident he will be successful in recovering from the virus quickly. Wishing him strength and good health,” Union Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted.
“Wishing Former President Shri. Pranab Mukherjee a speedy recovery from COVID-19 and good health (sic),” Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar wrote.
“A prolific reader, Pranab Mukherjee has authored several books on the Indian Economy and on Nation Building. The many awards and honors conferred on him include India’s second-highest civilian award, Padma Vibhusan in 2008, the Best Parliamentarian Award in 1997 and Best Administrator in India Award in 2011,” according to the profile on his official website.
Several top politicians in the country, including Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, Congress leader Siddaramaiah, have tested positive for coronavirus in the last few weeks.