- Title: Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan and son test positive for COVID-19
- Date: 12th July 2020
- Summary: BACHCHAN'S PHOTOGRAPH ON PHONE SCREEN
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- Keywords: Abhishek Bachchan Amitabh Bachchan Bollywood COVID-19 India Maharashtra Mumbai actor coronavirus fans star
- Location: BHOPAL, MADHYA PRADESH/MUMBAI, MAHARASHTRA/NEW DELHI, INDIA/INTERNET
- City: BHOPAL, MADHYA PRADESH/MUMBAI, MAHARASHTRA/NEW DELHI, INDIA/INTERNET
- Country: India
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- Story Text: Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan, one of the most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema, and his son Abhishek Bachchan tested positive for COVID-19 and has been admitted to Mumbai's Nanavati hospital.
However, a hospital official and government health authorities later on Sunday (July 12) said both are in stable condition after testing positive for the coronavirus.
The 77-year-old legendary actor said in a tweet on Saturday (July 11) night that he had tested positive for the highly infectious virus.
Within minutes, his actor son Abhishek Bachchan, 44, tweeted that he had also tested positive.
Both were moved to the Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai despite showing only mild symptoms and the father-son duo appealed to their millions of fans to stay calm.
On Sunday, an official at Nanavati and government health officials in Mumbai said both the father and son were in stable condition. Reports were awaited on the condition of Amitabh Bachchan's wife Jaya and Abhishek's wife Aishwarya, both also highly regarded actors.
Meanwhile, civic authorities launched a massive sanitizing drill at Bachchan's upscale residence in Mumbai, spraying disinfectant in the large compound and on cars parked there.
A Bollywood legend, Amitabh Bachchan has been a prominent figure in the fight against the coronavirus by appearing in public service advertisements in which he urges people to wear a mask, wash hands frequently and maintain social distance in his trademark baritone.
India's film industry recently resumed film shoots after a months-long hiatus following the imposition of a nationwide lockdown in late March.
But actors over 65, such as Amitabh, are banned from the sets because of their vulnerability to the virus.
Coronavirus cases have been rising steadily in India. The disease has infected over 820,000 people and killed over 22,000 in the country, according to a Reuters tally.
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