Bachchan Family diagnosed with Corona virus positive!
Three generations of a high-profile
Bollywood family have tested positive for Covid-19, officials in the Indian
state of Maharashtra say. Results on Sunday showed the actress Aishwarya Rai
Bachchan, a former Miss World, and her daughter Aaradhya, eight, were infected
Her husband Abhishek and father-in-law
Amitabh, both also actors, were taken to hospital on Saturday with the virus. Both
men were said to have mild symptoms.
Abhishek Bachchan tweeted that they would
remain in hospital “till the doctors decide otherwise”. Aishwarya
Bachchan, 46, is one of Bollywood’s most famous faces both in India and abroad,
featuring in several Bollywood and Hollywood films.
She won the Miss World pageant in 1994 and is Goodwill Ambassador for UNAIDS. In 2003 she was the first Indian actress to be a jury member at the Cannes Film Festival. Aishwarya and her daughter are said to be asymptomatic. Her husband tweeted to say they would be self-isolating at home.
On Saturday Amitabh Bachchan told his
millions of Twitter followers he had tested positive for Covid-19.”I have
tested Covid positive, shifted to hospital, hospital informing authorities,
family and staff undergone tests, results awaited,” he wrote. He and
Abhishek, 44, were taken to Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai on Saturday. Abhishek
described them both as having mild symptoms.
Amitabh is currently in the isolation unit of the hospital, news agency ANI reported, quoting a public relations officer for the hospital. He urged anyone who had been close to him in the past 10 days to get tested.
The news has led to an outpouring of
support for the family on social media. Among those paying their respects were
actress Sonam K Ahuja and former India cricket player Irfan Pathan.
India saw a record rise in the number of coronavirus
cases by 27,100 on Sunday, with the total climbing to nearly 850,000 – the
third highest caseload in the world. There have been complaints about a lack of
both testing and frontline medical staff.