- Big B announced on July 11 that he had tested positive for COVID-19
- He was admitted to Mumbai's Nanavati Hospital
- His son Abhishek is still admitted to the hospital for COVID-19 treatment
Actor Amitabh Bachchan has been discharged from Mumbai's Nanavati Hospital, where he was being treated for COVID-19, after a 23-day stay on Sunday. The 77-year-old actor announced on July 11 that he had tested positive for the virus and was in hospital - his son, actor Abhishek Bachchan, announced soon after that he had tested positive as well and was also in the same hospital. Big B is now in solitary quarantine at his home - Jalsa - whereas Abhishek is still in the hospital for COVID-19 treatment. In his latest tweet, Amitabh Bachchan wrote: "I have tested COVID-19 negative, have been discharged. I am back home in solitary quarantine. Grace of the almighty, blessings of Ma, Babuji, prayers and duas of near and dear and friends, fans EF... and the excellent care and nursing at Nanavati made it possible for me to see this day."
T 3613 - I have tested CoVid- have been discharged. I am back home in solitary quarantine.— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) August 2, 2020
Grace of the Almighty, blessings of Ma Babuji, prayers & duas of near & dear & friends fans EF .. and the excellent care and nursing at Nanavati made it possible for me to see this day . pic.twitter.com/76jWbN5hvM
Minutes before Amitabh Bachchan shared his health update, Abhishek announced the news about his father's negative reports on Twitter and in a separate tweet, shared that he has again tested positive for the virus and he will remain in the hospital till he gets recovered. "I, unfortunately, due to some comorbidities remain COVID-19 positive and remain in hospital. Again, thank you all for your continued wishes and prayers for my family. Very humbled and indebted. I'll beat this and come back healthier! Promise," wrote Abhishek Bachchan.
Abhishek's wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan also tested positive and was isolated at home, the actor revealed on July 12. Aishwarya was moved to hospital a week later and discharged on July 27. Amitabh Bachchan's wife Jaya Bachchan tested negative.
Read Abhishek Bachchan's latest tweets here:
my father, thankfully, has tested negative on his latest Covid-19 test and has been discharged from the hospital. He will now be at home and rest. Thank you all for all your prayers and wishes for him.— Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) August 2, 2020
I, Unfortunately due to some comorbidities remain Covid-19 positive and remain in hospital. Again, thank you all for your continued wishes and prayers for my family. Very humbled and indebted.— Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) August 2, 2020
I'll beat this and come back healthier! Promise.
Nanavati Hospital authorities said the day after Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan were admitted that they had only mild symptoms and were in the isolation ward. Jalsa, the family residence in Mumbai, was sealed off by the Brihanmumbai Corporation or BMC, as were the other three bungalows owned by the Bachchans. 30 members of staff at the properties were being tested for COVID-19. Jalsa was unsealed on July 26.
Amitabh Bachchan, a prolific social media user, maintained his online activity while in hospital. He shared appreciation posts for medical staff and wrote blog posts on mental health. Two weeks in, Big B logged into his Twitter account to deny that he had tested negative for the virus after news reports citing hospital sources. "This news is incorrect, irresponsible, fake and an incorrigible lie," he tweeted.
.. this news is incorrect , irresponsible , fake and an incorrigible LIE !! https://t.co/uI2xIjMsUU— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) July 23, 2020
The coronavirus has hit several households in Bollywood, with members of staff working for Aamir Khan, Karan Johar and Boney Kapoor testing positive. Rekha's bungalow was sealed after her security staff caught the virus. Several television actors have also tested positive.
Amitabh Bachchan, fondly known as Big B, is the star of beloved films such as Sholay, Deewar and Amar Akbar Anthony. He was last seen in Gulabo Sitabo, which was the first major Bollywood production to stream on an OTT platform instead of releasing in theatres.