Covid-19 infected Former President Pranab Mukherjee is critical and on Ventilator

Former President Pranab Mukherjee is critical and is on ventilator after undergoing a successful brain surgery for removal of clot. Mukherjee is currently on ventilator support at the Army's Research and Referral Hospital in Delhi. Mukherjee had tested positive for coronavirus COVID-19 before surgery.

On Monday (August 10), the former President had tweeted: "On a visit to the hospital for a separate procedure, I have tested positive for Covid-19 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."

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also visited the R&R Hospital to enquire about the former president's health.  Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi and several other political leaders wished 84-year-old Mukherjee a speedy recovery. "Wishing former President Shri Pranab Mukherjee a speedy recovery," tweeted Rahul Gandhi. "We wish former President Pranab Mukherjee a speedy recovery from Covid," the Congress said on its official Twitter handle.

Mukherjee's son and Congress leader Abhijeet Mukherjee tweeted, "I wish my father a speedy recovery! I appeal to all my countrymen to pray for his speedy recovery & good health."

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."

Mukherjee was a senior Congress leader before he was elected as India's 13th President. He served as President from July 2012 to 2017.

Former president Pranab Mukherjee on Monday revealed that he had tested positive for novel corona virus and urged all his recent contacts to self-isolate and get tested as a precautionary measure.

Among other top leaders, Home Minister Amit Shah, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa and former chief minister Siddaramaiah tested positive for the virus recently. 

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin wished his former Indian counterpart a speedy recovery. “Sending our best wishes and prayers for the speedy recovery of former President Pranab Mukherjee,” Rivlin tweeted in English and in Hindi.

The Covid-19 tally in India on Monday crossed the 22-lakh mark with 62,064 new cases, while the death toll climbed to 44,386 with 1,007 more fatalities, the Health Ministry said. There are 6,34,945 active cases as of now. The total cases now stands at 22,15,074, including 44,386 deaths.