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Aishwarya, Aaradhya test positive for coronavirus, set to quarantine at home

On Saturday, Aishwarya, Jaya and other family members were tested using rapid antigen kits. While they tested negative, their swab samples were taken for RT-PCR tests. Aishwarya and Aaradhya tested positive on Sunday but Jaya, daughter Shweta Nanda and her two children tested negative.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: July 13, 2020 2:33:37 am
Aishwarya Rai Aaradhya Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai have tested positive for COVID-19. (Photo: Aishwarya Rai/Instagram)

A day after Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek revealed their diagnosis of Covid-19, the megastar’s daughter-in-law Aishwarya (46) and granddaughter Aaradhya (8) also tested positive for the virus. His wife Jaya has tested negative for coronavirus.

While the father-son duo were admitted to Nanavati Hospital on Saturday after showing mild symptoms, Aishwarya and Aaradhya are asymptomatic and are set to remain in home isolation.

A Nanavati hospital official said, “Both (Amitabh and Abhishek) are stable and have mild symptoms. Abhishek Bachchan may soon be advised home isolation and discharged.”

On Saturday, Aishwarya, Jaya and other family members were tested using rapid antigen kits. While they tested negative, their swab samples were taken for RT-PCR tests. Aishwarya and Aaradhya tested positive on Sunday but Jaya, daughter Shweta Nanda and her two children tested negative.

The BMC on Sunday sanitised and sealed all four bungalows of the Bachchan family – Jalsa, Janak, Pratiksha and Vatsa – and declared them as containment zones. All staffers in the four bungalows underwent thermal screening. Thirty were identified as high-risk contacts and their samples collected for tests.

“There is sufficient space available at Jalsa for the staff to be in quarantine for 14 days. However, a quarantine facility can be set up for the family and the staff, if the need arises or if the same is requested by the family,” said an BMC official.

Actor Amit Sadh, who has worked with Abhishek Bachchan on their web series Breathe Into The Shadows, tweeted that he will get tested done on Sunday. He had recently met Abhishek, as they dubbed for their show. He tweeted, “HI All! Thanks all for your concern and wishes. I am feeling perfectly fine, However, I will get a precautionary Covid 19 test done today. My thoughts and prayers with Mr Bachchan, Abhishek and family. Hoping for their speedy recovery.”

Amitabh Bachchan (77) had tweeted on Saturday that he has tested positive and appealed to those who were in close proximity to him in the last 10 days to get themselves tested.

It was followed by Abhishek’s (44) tweet: “My father and I remain in hospital till the doctors decide otherwise. Everyone please remain cautious and safe. Please follow all rules!”

In a second tweet, he said: “Aishwarya and Aaradhya have also tested COVID-19 positive. They will be self quarantining at home. The BMC has been updated of their situation and are doing the needful. The rest of the family including my Mother have tested negative. Thank you all for your wishes and prayers.”

On Sunday, actor Anupam Kher took to Twitter to share that his mother has tested positive while his report has come negative. Kher tweeted, “This is to inform all that my mother Dulari is found Covid + (Mildly). We have admitted her into Kokilaben Hospital. My brother, bhabhi (sister-in-law) and niece in spite of being careful have also tested mildly positive. I got myself tested as well & I have tested negative. BMC is informed.”

Read | Amitabh, Abhishek ‘feeling better’ after COVID-19 diagnosis | Anupam Kher’s family members test positive for coronavirus | Abhishek Bachchan’s Breathe 2 co-star Amit Sadh to get tested for COVID-19

In April, film producer Karim Morani had tested positive for coronavirus along with his daughters Shaza and Zoa Morani. Veteran actor Kiran Kumar had tested positive in May. Late music composer Wajid Khan, who died on June 1 following a cardiac arrest, was reportedly receiving treatment for Covid-19.

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