Bollywood star Amithab Bachchan tests positive for Covid-19.

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Mumbai, India – Bollywood’s mega-star Amithab Bachchan -age 77- tests postive for the Covid-19 virus and is currently being treated in the hospital.

On a tweet, Amithab informed his millions of followers that he is confirmed to be tested positive for the virus.

“I have tested Covid positive, shifted to hospital, hospital informing authorities, family and staff undergone tests, results awaited,” he wrote.

His son, Abishek had later tweeted saying he has tested positive for the virus as well.

Both Abishek and Amithab have been taken to Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai. Abishek described both of their symptoms as mild symptoms.

News agency ANI has also reported that Amithab is in a stable state with mild symptoms only and is currently being treated in the isolation unit of the hospital.

Amithab has requested anyone who had been close to him in the past 10 days to get tested for the virus. With Bachchan confirming positive for the virus, all of his staffs and family was tested for the virus as well. Reports revealed that the rest of the Bachchan family – actors Jaya Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and daughter Aaradhya – were tested negative for the virus.

Along with this dreadful news, numerous people have been sending messages via social media to Amithab and has expressed their great sorrow towards the news.

Bachchan Snr has been a Bollywood star for 5 decades, having involved in 200 films so far. He has starred in hit movies such as Zanjeer and Sholay and has won numerous accolades including four National Film Awards and 15 Film-fare Awards. He has also received France’s highest civilian award, the Legion of Honor, for his contribution to cinema.

Covid-19 is considered especially dangerous for older people and for those who have other major sickness, as they have higher chances of getting severely ill from the virus.

Covid-19 is spreading throughout India at a fast phase and is now considered as the third most affected country in the world, surpassing Russia. While India has confirmed 849,782 cases, 22,684 people have passed away from the virus up to date. There has been complains about lack of both testing and front-line medical staffs in India.