Amitabh Bachchan tested COVID-19 positive: Here's why he chose to get hospitalised despite having mild symptoms
New Delhi | Jagran Entertainment Desk: Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan and his actor son Abhishek Bachchan were admitted to Mumbai's Nanavati hospital after testing positive for coronavirus. The father-son duo took to Twitter to confirm the news.
Amitabh, in his tweet, wrote that his family and staff members have also been tested for COVID-19 and the reports are awaited. He concluded the message by asking those who came in his contact in the last 10 days to get tested for the disease.
"T 3590 -I have tested CoviD positive .. shifted to Hospital .. hospital informing authorities .. family and staff undergone tests , results awaited .. All that have been in close proximity to me in the last 10 days are requested to please get themselves tested," Mr Bachchan wrote.
Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan test positive for COVID-19, admitted to Mumbai's Nanavati Hospital
Reports said that the actor and his son have mild symptoms of the disease with Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope confirming that the 77-year-old was stable.
Despite having mild symptoms, the actor may have chose to get hospitalised as he already has medical comorbidities. In the year 2000, Mr Bachchan was diagnosed with tuberculosis. With treatment for a year, he became free of the disease.
"In 2000, I was detected with TB and went through a very rigorous treatment for almost a year. I contracted TB on the day I was going to start TV show KBC. It was a TB of spine. It's very uncomfortable. You cannot sit or lie down. Most of the time, I was on 8-10 pain killers a day just to survive the period when I was anchoring the game show," he had said in an interview in March 2016.
Bachchan contracted Hepatitis B virus while undergoing treatment for his near-fatal accident in 1982. The actor was shooting for his film Coolie when he met with the accident. He was told by doctors that his liver lost 75 per cent of its function due to cirrhosis.
In April this year, Mr Bachchan had shared a post on social media, expressing his worry over losing his vision. His doctor, however, reassured him that he is not going blind.
"The eyes they see blurred images .. the vision reads double and for some days now I reconciled myself to the fact that blindness is on its way, to add to the million other medical problems that invest in me...(sic)," he wrote in the post.
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