Amitabh expresses gratitude after fans wish for speedy recovery from COVID

The first confirmation about them testing positive came from Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope

Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan revealed their diagnosis on Twitter on Saturday, saying they were in the isolation ward of the Nanavati Hospital. Photo; PTI

Amitabh Bachchan on Sunday (July 12) thanked his admirers for their prayers and concern for him and his family members, including Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Aaradhya Bachchan, who have all tested positive for COVID-19.

Amitabh and Abhishek revealed their diagnosis on Twitter on Saturday, saying they were in the isolation ward of the Nanavati Hospital.

Amitabh said he was touched by the wishes coming the family’s way for their speedy recovery. “My dearest extended family, your concern, your prayers and your wishes for Abhishek, Aishwarya, Aaradhya and me for a speedy recovery has filled me with unending gratitude. I thank you all,” Amitabh wrote.


The Bollywood veteran also said that though it wont be possible for him “to acknowledge and respond to all the prayers” towards the kin, he was grateful to the well wishers. “I put my hands together and say thank you for your eternal love and affection,” Amitabh wrote on Twitter.

Hours before his father’s tweet, Abhishek confirmed Aishwarya and Aaradhya’s diagnosis and said they will be “self quarantining at home”. The 44-year-old actor also said he and his father will “remain in hospital till the doctors decide otherwise”.

“Thank you all for your wishes and prayers,” he added.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and granddaughter Aaradhya Bachchan too tested positive for the virus a day after Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek Bachchan were diagnosed with COVID-19.

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Sunday said that Aishwarya, 46, and her eight-year-old daughter Aaradhya had tested positive but are asymptomatic, while the screen icon’s wife, veteran actor-MP Jaya Bachchan’s diagnosis was negative.

“Aishwarya ji and Aaradhya have tested positive. They are asymptomatic. They can be quarantined at home or get admitted to hospital. This is the family’s decision completely,” Tope told PTI.

“Jaya ji has tested negative. Swab test of the staff has been taken, the reports are awaited,” he added.

The minister had also shared Aishwarya and Aaradhya’s diagnosis on Twitter, but soon deleted his tweet.

Earlier on Sunday, Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar said the Bachchan residence is now a containment zone and all residents have been quarantined for 14 days.

Members of the Bachchan family took the rapid antigen detection test, she added.
Amitabh and Abhishek revealed their diagnosis on Twitter on Saturday, saying they were in the isolation ward of the Nanavati Hospital.

“I have tested COVID positive. Shifted to hospital. Hospital informing authorities, family and staff undergone tests, results awaited,” Amitabh, 77, tweeted.

Minutes later, Abhishek, 44, wrote on social media that both of them had mild symptoms and requested everybody to be calm.

On Sunday, Dr Abdul Samad Ansari, director of Critical Care Services at the hospital, said the father-son duo were “feeling better” and their condition was stable.

“Both Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek are comfortable and feeling better. General blood chemistries are acceptable with stable vitals. Both slept well and had their breakfasts. They are stable,” Ansari told PTI.

Earlier in the day, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) visited Bachchan’s bungalows – Janak, Jalsa and Pratiksha for sanitisation and contact tracing.

“A team from BMC is present at Amitabh Bachchan’s bungalows – Janak, Jalsa and Pratiksha for sanitising the bungalow and contact tracing,” a BMC source told PTI.

Security was also stepped up outside Bachchan’s two bungalows in Juhu and outside the Nanavati Hospital.

As per BMC, the coronavirus case tally in Mumbai rose to 91,457 on Saturday. There are 22,779 active patients in Mumbai and the doubling rate is 50 days.