Indian movie star Amitabh Bachchan, who was hospitalised on July 11 after being diagnosed with COVID-19, was discharged after his latest coronavirus test came back negative, his son Abhishek Bachchan tweeted on Sunday (August 2).
“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,” he posted on Twitter.
Bachchan, one of India’s best known movie stars, had tested positive for COVID-19 together with his actor son, and both had been moved to a private hospital.
The Bollywood actors were admitted to Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai, India’s financial and entertainment hub, and several other members of the high-profile family were tested for the virus.
A Bollywood legend, Amitabh Bachchan has been leading the way in the country’s fight against the coronavirus, appearing in public service advertisements.
He joined the film industry in 1969 and has done over 200 movies. The actor suffered a near-fatal injury during the shooting of an action scene on a film set in 1982 and was critically ill for several months.
In recent years, he returned as the celebrity host of “Kaun Banega Crorepati,” India’s version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” – one of the most watched shows on Indian television.
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