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Coronavirus: Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan tests positive



Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan

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Bachchan has been a star for five decades

Amitabh Bachchan, one of India̵

7;s best-known film actors, has tested Covid-19 positively, he told his millions of Twitter followers.

“I tested Covid positive, transferred to the hospital, informed the authorities, tested family members and employees, and expected the results,” he wrote.

His son Abhishek later tweeted that he had also tested positive.

The 77-year-old Bachchan has been involved in 200 films since he became a star five decades ago.

He and Abhishek, 44, were taken to Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai, and his son described both as slightly symptomatic. A hospital official told The Indian Express newspaper that he was in a stable condition.

Amitabh asked anyone who had been close to him in the past 10 days to be tested.

The news has led to an increase in support for the couple on social media. Among those who pay tribute were actress Sonam K Ahuja and former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan.

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Bachchan has received several awards since he gained importance in the 1970s

Bachchan Snr enjoyed playing roles in hit films like Zanjeer and Sholay. Since becoming famous in the 1970s, he has received numerous awards, including four National Film Awards and 15 Filmfare Awards. France has also awarded its highest civilian award, the Legion of Honor, for its contribution to the cinema.

Outside of acting, Bachchan Snr had a brief period in politics and was elected to the Indian Parliament in 1984 at the behest of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. However, he resigned three years later, disappointed by a corruption scandal under Mr. Gandhi’s government.

He was also a businessman and founded the Amitabh Bachchan Corporation for event management and film production in 1995. After the company failed, he hosted the TV game show Kaun Banega Crorepati – based on the British game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? – and has appeared in more films since then. His latest film was the comedy Gulabo Sitabo released on Amazon.

In recent months, he has been instrumental in helping the government get its message across in the fight against the corona virus.

The number of coronavirus cases has risen sharply in India. On Saturday, the number rose to almost 821,000 – the third highest number of cases in the world. There have been complaints of a shortage of test personnel and frontline medical personnel.


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