Three generations of Bollywood Bachchan family infected with Covid-19
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Three generations of a high-profile Bollywood family have tested positive for the novel Corona Virus, officials in the Indian state of Maharashtra say.
Reports on Sunday showed the actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, a former Miss World, and her daughter Aaradhya, eight, were infected with the virus.
Her husband Abhishek and father-in-law Amitabh were taken to hospital on Saturday with the Corona Virus infection.
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 celebrated faces both in India and abroad, featuring in several Bollywood and Hollywood films.
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.
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.