New Delhi, August 11: The health condition of former President Pranab Mukherjee has worsened, stated the second medical update released by Army's Referral & Research (R&R) Hospital on Tuesday. Mukherjee continues to remain on ventilator support, the reports confirmed. Pranab Mukherjee, Former President Of India, COVID-19 Positive, On Ventilator After Brain Surgery.

The ex-President, 84, was admitted at the Army hospital on August 10 to undergo a life-saving surgery to remove blood clot from the brain. After he was hospitalised yesterday, it was also confirmed that he had contracted the lethal coronavirus infection.

Following the surgery to remove the blood clot, Mukherjee's condition has remained critical. He is on ventilator support for the past several hours, and the team of multidisciplinary doctors attending him are constantly monitoring his status.

Pranab Mukherjee Critical, Health Condition Worsens

"Former President Pranab Mukherjee who underwent emergency surgery for brain clot on 10th August, has not shown any improvement and his health status has worsened. He remains on ventilatory support. His health continues to remain critical," said the statement issued by Army Hospital (R&R), based in Delhi Cantt.

A tweet issued from the official social media handle of Mukherjee on Monday had confirmed that he was diagnosed with coronavirus. Following his statement, politicians cutting across party lines prayed for his recovery.

"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," the tweet by Mukherjee's handle read.

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