India’s former president Pranab Mukherjee on Monday said that he tested positive for coronavirus infection and requested people who came in contact with him in the last week to isolate themselves and get tested for the viral infection.

‘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,’ the former president twitted.

Recently, some other top leaders of India, including Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa, former Karnataka CM Siddaramaih and union minister of home Amit Shah tested positive for the viral disease too. 

More than 22 lakh people in India have contracted the infection with 62,064 new cases on Monday.

The death toll climbed to 44,386 with 1,007 more fatalities, the ministry of health said. 

India’s COVID-19 recoveries have crossed the historic peak of 1.5 million, with a recovery rate of almost 70 per cent.

Total recoveries now exceed the active cases by more than 9 lakhs.

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