Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan and actor son Abhishek are both in hospital in Mumbai with “mild” coronavirus symptoms, while Abhishek’s wife, actor and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and their daughter have also tested positive for Covid-19 as cases in India continue to rise, Forbes reports.
Amitabh, 77, and Abhishek, 44, were admitted to Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai on Saturday after testing positive for coronavirus, Maharashtra state minister for public health, Rajesh Tope, confirmed via Twitter.
Both are said to be in a stable condition, according to government officials.
Aishwarya, 46, and her eight-year-old daughter have also tested positive for the virus, however it is not yet known whether they are in hospital.
Amitabh’s wife, Jaya, also an actor, has tested negative.
India’s film industry has resumed filming after months of inaction amid the pandemic, but actors over 65 are not allowed on set, meaning Bachchan would not have been likely to have returned to work.
It comes as India continues to battle with a rising number of infections and this week surpassed Russia to become the third worst-hit country in the world, with 850,000 confirmed cases, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
Amitabh tweeted to his 43 million followers on Saturday: “I have tested Covid positive, shifted to Hospital, hospital informing authorities.”
“All that have been in close proximity to me in the last 10 days are requested to please get themselves tested!,” he added.
Son Abhishek said he and his father both have “mild” symptoms and urged people not to panic.
Before being diagnosed, Amitabh had been a prominent face in the fight against coronavirus in India. The actor has featured in adverts urging people to maintain social distancing, wear masks and wash their hands frequently. On Sunday, India saw another record daily rise in cases, with 27,100 new infections over 24 hours, while more than 22,600 people have died, to date. Partial lockdowns have been reimposed in Uttar Pradesh, the country’s most populous state, after restrictions were eased in May in a bid to boost the economy.
Amitabh Bachchan has starred in more than 200 Bollywood films, according to the New York Times, and in 2017 was named one of Forbes’ highest earning celebrities, at number 71 with an estimated net worth of more than $33 million.