Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, his son and two other family members have tested positive for the coronavirus in Mumbai, India’s financial and entertainment capital, a government minister said Sunday.
The Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital said that Amitabh Bachchan was in stable condition with mild symptoms in an isolation unit. Bachchan, 77, said in a tweet Saturday that he had tested positive and appealed to those who were in close proximity to him in the past 10 days to get themselves tested.
His son, Abhishek Bachchan, 44, tweeted Saturday night that he also had tested positive and was in a hospital. “Both of us having mild symptoms have been admitted to the hospital,” he wrote. “I request all to stay calm and not panic.” Maharashtra state Health Minister Rajesh Tope tweeted Sunday that Abhishek Bachchan’s wife, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and their 8-year-old daughter had also tested positive. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is a top Bollywood actress.
T 3590 -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 ! — Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) July 11, 2020
Those two are asymptomatic and can be quarantined at home or admitted to a hospital, the Press Trust of India news agency cited Tope as saying. The elder Bachchan has acted in more than 200 Indian films over the past five decades. He is also a former politician and a television host. The Bachchans are often called Bollywood’s first family. His wife, Jaya, is also an actress and a one-time member of Parliament. The Press Trust of India cited Tope as saying that Amitabh Bachchan and his son had a cough and fever.
“They underwent rapid antigen test and (results) came positive,” he said.