Top Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan and actor son Abhishek test positive for Covid-19

Amitabh Bachchan has tested positive for coronavirus
Amitabh Bachchan has tested positive for coronavirus - (Copyright Zuma Press/PA Images)
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Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan has tested positive for coronavirus. 

The 77 year-old, who is one of India’s best known film actors, announced the news on Twitter to his 43 million followers. 

He wrote: “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!”

Bachchan has been involved in 200 films spanning across five decades and has won four National Film Awards and 15 Filmfare Awards.

His son, Abhishek Bachchan, has also tested positive - (Copyright EMPICS Entertainment)

His son Abhishek, 44, an actor, has also tested positive, and both were taken to Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai with ‘mild symptoms’.

Abhishek said: "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.”

Health officials have confirmed that they are both in a stable condition. 

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