Actors Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek have tested positive for COVID-19. Both have been admitted to hospital on Saturday evening.
The 77-year-old Mr. Amitabh Bachchan announced on Twitter that his family and staff members too have been tested for COVID-19 but their results are awaited. “All [those who] have been in close proximity [with] me in the last 10 days are requested to please get themselves tested,” he tweeted.
“Amitabh Bachchan is stable with mild symptoms and is currently admitted in the isolation unit of the hospital,” the Public Relation Officer of Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital in Mumbai said on Sunday morning.
Soon after his father’s announcement, Mr. Abhishek Bachchan tweeted that he too has been tested positive. “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,” Mr. Abhishek Bachchan tweeted. “The BMC has been in touch and we are complying with them,” he said in another tweet.
A doctor at Nanavati Hospital told The Hindu: “Mr. Amitabh Bachchan came to the hospital at 10 p.m. after he was tested positive. He is stable as of now. We will be conducting all the necessary tests to know his exact condition.” The actor is in the respiratory isolation unit of the hospital.
According to Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope, Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan underwent the antigen test based on their symptoms. “They have tested positive for COVID. Other members of their family Jaya Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai have also been tested and their results will come tomorrow”, he said.
Mr. Amitabh Bachchan was last seen in Shoojit Sircar’s Gulabo Sitabo, which released on Amazon Prime Video last month, marking his entry into the OTT space. The film was released directly on the streaming platform in light of the COVID-19 outbreak in India, leading to a temporary closure of cinemas.
Mr. Abhishek Bachchan too made his debut in OTT space with Breathe: Into The Shadows, currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
Wishes pour in
Within minutes of Mr. Amitabh Bachchan’s post, the get well wishes began pouring in.
Fans and his colleagues from the film industry posted their best wishes for the star. “Get well soon sir,” said veteran Malayalam actor Mammootty.
“Take care sir. Love you. Awaiting your tweet when you say you’re 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 as well as actors Pankaj Tripathi, Nimrat Kaur, Rahkummar Rao and director Hansal Mehta were among those who sent him their wishes.
“Get well soon Amit uncle. All my love and prayers,” actor Sonam Kapoor replied to his tweet.