His father Amitabh Bachchan had earlier taken to Twitter to announce that he has COVID-19 and has been shifted to hospital.

Bollywood actor and producer Abhishek BachchanTwitter/juniorbachchan
news Coronavirus Sunday, July 12, 2020 - 08:20

Abhishek Bachchan, the son of superstar Amitabh Bachchan, has also tested positive for coronavirus, shortly after Amitabh announced that he has COVID-19. The actor-producer took to Twitter to announce that both his father and he had had mild symptoms and requested everybody to be calm and not panic. While Amitabh is 77, Abhishek is 44 years old.

Meanwhile, reports stated that Aishwarya Rai and Jaya Bachchan have submitted their samples for testing and the result is expected on Sunday, said Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope. 

Amitabh first took to Twitter to announce that he has COVID-19 and has been shifted to hospital.

I have tested COVID positive. Shifted to Hospital. Hospital informing authorities, family and staff undergone tests, results awaited, Amitabh tweeted. All who have been in close proximity to me in the last 10 days are requested to please get themselves tested, he added.

He has been moved to the isolation ward of the hospital, Nanavati Hospital sources told PTI.

Soon after his father posted his tweet, quelling speculation about his health, Abhishek also tweeted.

"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," Abhishek tweeted.

"The BMC has been in touch and we are complying with them," he added.

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said both Amitabh and Abhishek underwent rapid antigen tests.

"Amitabh Bachchan ji and Abhishek had mild symptoms. They had a cough and fever. They underwent a rapid antigen test and (result) came positive. Since he (Amitabh) is co-morbid he has got himself admitted to the hospital. They both are normal. Their test was conducted today at the Nanavati hospital," the minister told PTI.

According to Tope, the complete Bachchan clan, including veteran actor Jaya Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, have undergone swab test for COVID-19.

Swab tests have been taken of all the other family members, including Jaya Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai.

The minister wished both the actors quick recovery.

Amitabh has been active on social media through the lockdown, which began on March 25 to curtail the spread of COVID-19.

The actor, who was roped in by the government in March to help spread awareness about the pandemic, has been frequently posting on Twitter and Instagram as well as his blog, sharing advice on a range of issues.

He has also been sharing throwback pictures with family and friends, motivational quotes, anecdotes about his cinema journey and celebrating anniversaries of his various films.

He was last seen in Shoojit Sircar's Gulabo Sitabo, which was released on streaming platform Amazon Prime Video last month. 

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