Bachchan sent home to re­cover

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BOL­LY­WOOD su­per­star Amitabh Bachchan has been dis­charged from a Mum­bai hos­pi­tal where he was treated for Covid-19 dur­ing a 23-day stay, his son said on Sun­day.

Mean­while, In­dia’s Fed­eral Home Min­is­ter Amit Shah be­came the lat­est high-pro­file per­son­al­ity in the coun­try to con­tract the virus.

The min­is­ter tweeted that his health was “fine” but he was in hos­pi­tal on the ad­vice of doc­tors.

The 77-year-old ac­tor and his son, Ab­hishek Bachchan, were ad­mit­ted to the Nana­vati Hos­pi­tal on July 11 af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive for the virus.

“My fa­ther, thank­fully, has tested neg­a­tive on his lat­est Covid-19 test and has been dis­charged from the hos­pi­tal,” Ab­hishek Bachchan wrote on Twit­ter.

“He will now be at home at rest. Thank you all for your prayers and wishes for him.”

Ab­hishek’s wife, Aish­warya

Rai Bachchan, and their daugh­ter, Aarad­hya, were also treated at the same hos­pi­tal for Covid-19 and were dis­charged last week.

Mum­bai, In­dia’s fi­nan­cial hub and home to the Bol­ly­wood film in­dus­try, has emerged as the epi­cen­tre of the coun­try’s coro­n­avirus out­break.

Bachchan is one of In­dia’s most pop­u­lar ac­tors and has ap­peared in nearly 200 films over five decades. He has 43.2 mil­lion Twit­ter fol­low­ers.

With a to­tal of 1.7 mil­lion coro­n­avirus in­fec­tions, In­dia, a coun­try of 1.3 bil­lion peo­ple, has had the third-high­est num­ber of cases, af­ter the US and Brazil.

It has been re­port­ing an ex­cess of 50 000 new coro­n­avirus cases ev­ery day since Thurs­day. | DPA

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