The former President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, August 10th.
He announced on Twitter that on a visit to the hospital for a separate ailment, he had tested positive for coronavirus. He further wrote,"I request the people who came in contact with me in the last week, to please self isolate and get tested for COVID-19."
Pranab Mukherjee is a senior leader of the Indian National Congress. He has served as the President of India from 2012-2017.
Karnataka Health Minister, B Sriramulu, also tested positive for the virus on August 9th. Several public officials such as Home Minister Amit Shah, Andhra Pradesh Electricity Minister Ballineni Srinivas Reddy, and Telangana Labour Minister Malla Reddy, have also tested positive for the virus in the last few days.
India, as of 10th August, has 22,15,075 positive cases of coronavirus in the country. According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW), a total of 62,064 cases were registered in the last 24 hours. The total number of deceased has climbed to 44,386. Over 15 lakh patients have been discharged.