COVID-19: Amitabh, Abhishek test positive; speedy recovery wishes pour in

The father-son duo have been admitted to Nanavati hospital in Mumbai with mild symptoms

Amitabh and Abhishek
Hospital sources said that Amitabh has been moved to the isolation ward | File Photo: PTI

Actor Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek on Saturday (July 11) night said that they both have tested positive for COVID-19. The father-son duo have been hospitalised with mild symptoms, according to Junior Bachchan.

In a tweet late in the night, the 77-year-old Senior Bachchan said that his family members and staff have also undergone tests for the infection and that their results are awaited.

He and his son have been admitted to Nanavati hospital in Mumbai. Hospital sources said that Amitabh has been moved to the isolation ward.

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“I have tested CoviD positive .. shifted to Hospital .. hospital informing authorities .. family and staff undergone tests , results awaited .. All that have been in close proximity to me in the last 10 days are requested to please get themselves tested!” his tweet read.

An hour later, Abhishek tweeted that both he and his father have tested positive and have been admitted to hospital. The 44-year-old actor further requested all to stay calm and not panic.

“Earlier today both my father and I tested positive for COVID 19. Both of us having mild symptoms have been admitted to hospital. We have informed all the required authorities and our family and staff are all being tested. I request all to stay calm and not panic. Thank you,” said Abhishek.

“The BMC has been in touch and we are complying with them,” he said in another tweet.

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said both Amitabh and Abhishek underwent rapid antigen test. “Amitabh Bachchan ji and Abhishek had mild symptoms. They had cough and fever. They underwent rapid antigen test and (result) came positive. Since he (Amitabh) is co-morbid he has got himself admitted to the hospital. They both are normal,” the minister told PTI.

According to Tope, the complete Bachchan clan, including veteran actor Jaya Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, have underwent swab test for COVID-19 and are awaiting results.

Within minutes of Amitabh’s post, the get well soon wishes began pouring in, flooding Twitter and other social media platforms. Fans and his colleagues from the film industry posted their best wishes for the star, one of India’s most loved and best known actors.

“Get well soon sir,” said veteran Malayalam actor Mammootty.

“Take care sir. Love you. Awaiting your tweet when you say youre fine & going back home,” wrote filmmaker Kunal Kohli.

Actor Bipasha Basu said she was praying for his speedy recovery. South superstar Mahesh Babu and Dulquer Salmaan were also among the celebrities who wished him a speedy recovery.

Get well soon Amit uncle. All my love and prayers, actor Sonam Kapoor replied on his tweet.

 

Amitabh has been active on social media through the lockdown, which began on March 25 to curtail the spread of COVID-19. The actor, who was roped in by the government in March to help spread awareness about the pandemic, has been frequently posting on Twitter and Instagram as well as his blog, sharing advice on a range of issues.

Amitabh was last seen in Shoojit Sircar’s Gulabo Sitabo, which released on streaming platform Amazon Prime Video last month.

(With inputs from agencies)

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