Filmmaker SP Charan on Monday released a video, dismissing reports about his father and singer-actor SP Balasubrahmanyam testing negative for coronavirus.
“I usually post Appa’s health updates after I have a discussion with the medical team from the hospital. But, unfortunately, I am forced to put up a post in the morning. I am the only one who gets the information about dad. All information comes to me first and only then I post it to the media. Today, unfortunately, rumours are going around that dad has tested negative for COVID,” said Charan in the video.
However, SP Charan was very vague about SPB’s COVID status. “Regardless of whether he is COVID negative or positive, the status is still the same clinically. He is still on life support. He is stable, fortunately. We are hoping that the stability will help him recover his lungs as early as possible. So please refrain from rumor-mongering. I will put up a post in the evening after I have a discussion with the doctors,” he added.
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The confusion regarding SPB’s COVID status was sparked by a message from SP Charan’s PRO. “Thanks for Your Continuous Support & Prayers for my father. My father is fine and Stable and his Corona test has become Negative (sic),” read the alleged message by Charan to the media.
After SP Charan’s rebuttal video, indianexpress.com contacted the PRO in question for a comment on the confusion triggered by his update. We are yet to get a response.
On Sunday, MGM Healthcare shared a health update about SPB which read, “SP Balasubrahmanyam who had been admitted at MGM Healthcare due to COVID-19 continues to be on ventilator and ECMO support in Intensive Care Unit (ICU). His current clinical condition is stable and he continues to be closely monitored by our multidisciplinary clinical team.”
In the first week of August, S P Balasubrahmanyam announced that he had contracted COVID-19. The singer noted that his symptoms were mild, but he still opted for hospitalization keeping his family in mind. However, on August 13, his health deteriorated. He was then moved into the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of MGM Healthcare and put on life support.