New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Actor Akshay Kumar has tested positive for Covid-19. He announced the news on Twitter while revealing that he will not be able to attend the 75th annual film festival Cannes 2022.

"Was really looking forward to rooting for our cinema at the India Pavilion at #Cannes2022, but have sadly tested positive for Covid. Will rest it out. Loads of best wishes to you and your entire team, @ianuragthakur. Will really miss being there," he tweeted.

This is the second time Kumar has contracted the coronavirus infection. Earlier, during the shoot of 'Ram Setu', the actor and many from the crew had tested COVID-19 positive leading to a complete halt in shooting back in April 2021.

"I wish to inform everyone that, earlier this morning, I have tested positive for COVID-19. Following all the protocols, I have immediately isolated myself. I'm under home quarantine and have sought necessary medical care. I would sincerely request all those that have come in contact with me to get themselves tested and take care. Back in action very soon," he had posted at that time.

On the work front, Kumar will be seen next in 'Prithviraj' alongside Miss World 2017 Manushi Chillar. The film will be directed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi. It film stars Kumar in the title role of King Prithviraj Chauhan. Sonu Sood and Sanjay Dutt are also a part of the film, which will be out in theatres on June 3. 'Prithviraj' will release in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu.

Meanwhile, actor Pooja Hegde, filmmaker Shekhar Kapur and music maestro AR Rahman are set to grace the red carpet on the opening day of the Cannes film festival 2022 in France. One of the biggest film festivals, the event is set to take place from May 17 to May 28. Moreover, actor Deepika Padukone will represent India at Cannes 2022 as part of the jury.

Posted By: Sugandha Jha