Amitabh Bachchan, Son Abhishek Test Coronavirus Positive; "Shifted To Hospital," Tweets 77-Year-Old Actor

"All that have been in close proximity to me in the last 10 days are requested to please get themselves tested," Amitabh Bachchan added in his tweet

Big B and Abhishek tested coronavirus positive earlier on Saturday (Courtesy bachchan)

Highlights

  • Mr Bachchan revealed his COVID-19 diagnosis in a tweet on Saturday
  • "Family and staff undergone tests," tweeted Amitabh Bachchan
  • "We have informed all the required authorities," Abhishek also tweeted
New Delhi:

Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek Bachchan tested positive for coronavirus earlier on Saturday and are admitted to hospital, both of them revealed in tweets on Saturday night. An hour after Mr Bachchan's tweet revealing his coronavirus diagnosis, Abhishek tweeted: "Earlier today, both my father and I tested positive for COVID-19. Both of us having mild symptoms have been admitted to hospital. We have informed all the required authorities and our family and staff are all being tested. I request all to stay calm and not panic. Thank you." Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek are admitted to Mumbai's Nanavati Hospital.

Read Abhishek Bachchan's tweets here:

In his tweet earlier, Amitabh Bachchan, 77, had said that his family members and staff have undergone tests for COVID-19 and their results are awaited. "I have tested COVID positive. Shifted to hospital... hospital informing authorities... family and staff undergone tests, results awaited," read a part of Mr Bachchan's tweet. "All that have been in close proximity to me in the last 10 days are requested to please get themselves tested," Mr Bachchan added in his tweet. Ahead of Abhishek's tweet, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope told NDTV that Amitabh Bachchan is asymptomatic and stable.

Here's what Amitabh Bachchan tweeted:

While "Get well soon" tweets poured in from fans on Twitter, filmmaker Boney Kapoor was one of the first celebrities to send good wishes to Amitabh Bachchan. Actors Sonam Kapoor, Riteish Deshmukh and others also sent "get well soon" messages to the Bachchans on Twitter.

During the lockdown, Amitabh Bachchan tweeted about working for long hours with detailed disclaimers that proper precautionary measures were in place on the sets. Mr Bachchan had tweeted about a sprained hamstring muscle earlier in May. Mr Bachchan was shooting for the upcoming season of Kaun Banega Crorepati and also for a few videos applauding COVID-19 warriors.

Amitabh Bachchan clocked 51 years in Bollywood this year. Last year, in November, the actor wrote about undergoing check-ups and medical procedures at the hospital in a tweet and also in his blog post. Earlier in October, Big B was admitted to Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital for a few days for routine check-ups.

Last month, Amitabh Bachchan's Gulabo Sitabo released on OTT platform Amazon Prime, making it Big B's first ever digital release. Mr Bachchan was critically acclaimed for his performance in the movie, also starring Ayushmann Khurrana. Amitabh Bachchan's line-up of films now includes Brahmastra, Jhund and Chehre. Mr Bachchan will also return as the host of Kaun Banega Crorepati for the upcoming season.

Abhishek Bachchan is best known for his roles in films such as Guru, Bunty Aur Babli, Manmarziyaan, Raavan, Delhi-6 and the Dhoom series of films among others. His next film The Big Bull is one of the seven big Bollywood movies to be released on OTT platform Disney+Hotstar. Abhishek Bachchan stars in the recently release web-show Breathe: Into The Shadows, which premiered on Amazon Prime on July 10.