Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek Bachchan tested positive for coronavirus earlier on Saturday and are admitted to hospital, both of them revealed in tweets on Saturday night. An hour after Mr Bachchan’s tweet revealing his coronavirus diagnosis, Abhishek tweeted: “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.” Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek are admitted to Mumbai’s Nanavati Hospital.
In his tweet earlier, Amitabh Bachchan, 77, had said that his family members and staff have undergone tests for COVID-19 and their results are awaited. “I have tested COVID positive. Shifted to hospital… hospital informing authorities… family and staff undergone tests, results awaited,” read a part of Mr Bachchan’s tweet. “All that have been in close proximity to me in the last 10 days are requested to please get themselves tested,” Mr Bachchan added in his tweet. Ahead of Abhishek’s tweet, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope told NDTV that Amitabh Bachchan is asymptomatic and stable.
While “Get well soon” tweets poured in from fans on Twitter, filmmaker Boney Kapoor was one of the first celebrities to send good wishes to Amitabh Bachchan. Actors Sonam Kapoor, Riteish Deshmukh and others also sent “get well soon” messages to the Bachchans on Twitter.
During the lockdown, Amitabh Bachchan tweeted about working for long hours with detailed disclaimers that proper precautionary measures were in place on the sets. Mr Bachchan had tweeted about a sprained hamstring muscle earlier in May. Mr Bachchan was shooting for the upcoming season of Kaun Banega Crorepati and also for a few videos applauding COVID-19 warriors.
Amitabh Bachchan clocked 51 years in Bollywood this year. Last year, in November, the actor wrote about undergoing check-ups and medical procedures at the hospital in a tweet and also in his blog post. Earlier in October, Big B was admitted to Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital for a few days for routine check-ups.