Amitabh Bachchan has been shifted to the Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai after testing positive for coronavirus on Saturday. The hospital told India Today Television that he had been brought in after complaining of breathing problems. The Bollywood superstar confirmed his coronavirus diagnosis on Twitter and asked all those who have been in close proximity to him to get tested for Covid-19. Amitabh’s son and actor Abhishek Bachchan has also tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The rest of the Bachchan family – Jaya Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Aaradhya, have tested negative for coronavirus.
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
“I have tested Covid positive. Shifted to Hospital. 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 said in a tweet.
Abhishek Bachchan wrote, “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.”
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. 🙏🏽
— Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) July 11, 2020
In another tweet, Abhishek wrote, “The BMC has been in touch and we are complying with them.”
Amitabh also took to Instagram to post a photo of himself from the hospital, along with a message asking anyone who has come in touch with him to get tested.
Doctors have confirmed to India Today that Amitabh Bachchan was symptomatic and was self-isolating at home before being taken to the Nanavati hospital on Saturday evening.
While the senior actor had been staying at home ever since the lockdown began on March 25, he had recently shot promotional content for the quiz show Kaun Banega Crorepati and other projects at his home and hence had contact with the production crew who came to his house. Abhishek Bachchan, meanwhile, had been snapped at a dubbing studio in Mumbai several times over the past week.
Bachchan’s doctors at Nanavati hospital informed India Today Television that he had taken a Covid-19 test after complaining of breathlessness for the past few days. His test results came in on Saturday evening, but his doctors refrained from making an announcement as the megastar himself wanted to inform his followers of the same. Doctors also said that Nanavati hospital will not give out a health bulletin on the superstar, the Bachchan family will update people on the same.
Sources from Nanavati hospital also told India Today Television that Amitabh Bachchan is completely stable. Senior Bachchan was brought in to the hospital around 10 pm Saturday night, after his test said positive. Mumbai Police is barricading the hospital to avoid crowds from gathering.
People from across walks of life responded to Bachchan’s tweet and wished him a speedy recovery.
“Prayers sir !! Sending you lots of love and strength,” wrote actor Rajkummar Rao on Twitter. His co-star in films like Baghban, Boman Irani also wrote, “You’re a fighter Sir. Get well soon.”
“Wishing you a speedy recovery, Sir. You have seen adversity and come up trumps every time. This too shall pass. All the very best,” wrote actor Rahul Bose.
Amitabh Bachchan, one of the world’s most famous filmstars, happens to be the second superstar to contract the coronavirus. Hollywood’s Tom Hanks along with his wife had earlier tested positive and recovered after the mandatory quarantine.
Nanavati Hospital is located in Mumbai’s Vile Parle, which is very close to the actor’s residence in Juhu area of the city.
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan wrote on Twitter that he has been trying to call Nanavati hospital, but has received no response, “Dear Amitabh ji, I join the whole nation in wishing you a quick recovery! After all, you are the idol of millions in this country, an iconic superstar! We will all take good care of you. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!,” Harsh Vardhan wrote on Twitter.”
Amitabh Bachchan, 77, had survived a near-fatal accident on the sets of Manmohan Desai’s Coolie in 1982. He has lived with a compromised liver since then, on account of discipline. He works out regularly and follows a strict dietary regime.
Big B was last seen in Shoojit Sircar’s comedy-drama Gulabo Sitabo alongside Ayushmann Khurrana. The film was initially going to be released in theatres, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, it premiered on Amazon Prime Video. Abhishek Bachchan’s web series Breathe Into The Shadows premiered on Amazon Prime Video on July 10.