Jana Sena Party chief and Tollywood star Pawan Kalyan has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. He is undergoing treatment under the care of expert doctors, and is stable, according to a statement issued by the Jana Sena Party. The actor-politician had recently isolated himself after many of his staff members and others working closely with him tested positive for the coronavirus.
According to the party statement, Pawan Kalyan had earlier undergone the COVID-19 test on returning from campaigning in Tirupati for the upcoming Lok Sabha bye-election on April 3. Although the tests returned negative, he had been in quarantine in his farmhouse on the advice of doctors. However, he has since been suffering from fever and body ache, the statement said. On taking the test again two days ago, he tested positive for the coronavirus.
Expert virologists and cardiologists have been called to Hyderabad to perform treatment. Antiviral drugs are being administered as part of the treatment as moisture has entered the lungs, and oxygen support is being provided when required, the statement said.
Pawan Kalyanâ€™s elder brother Chiranjeevi and his family, including wife Surekha, son Ram Charan and daughter-in-law Upasana Kamineni, have all been making necessary arrangements for his treatment at the farmhouse, the statement said. Upasana is the Vice Chairperson-CSR for the Apollo Hospitals Group, which was established and is managed by her family. A medical team from Apollo has also visited and examined Pawan Kalyan, and two doctors from Apollo are supervising his health. Apart from his family medical advisor Dr Suman, producer Naga Vamsi has also been coordinating to make necessary medical arrangements, the statement said. Pawan Kalyanâ€™s upcoming film co-starring Rana Daggubati, a Telugu remake of the Malayalam film Ayyappanum Koshiyum, is being produced by Naga Vamsi under his banner Sithara Entertainments.
Pawan Kalyan was last seen on the screen in the recently released Vakeel Saab, directed by Sriram Venu, which is the Telugu remake of the 2016 Bollywood courtroom drama Pink. The Tollywood remake starred Pawan Kalyan in the lead, and he essayed the role of Amitabh Bachchan from the original, while Nivetha Thomas, Anjali and Ananya Nagalla were seen in the roles of Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari and Andrea Tariang respectively. Shruti Haasan essayed the role of Pawan Kalyanâ€™s wife in the movie.