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Bollywood Icon Amitabh Bachchan Recovers from Coronavirus

Mon 03 Aug 2020 | 11:20 AM
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Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan has been discharged from a Mumbai hospital on Sunday after recovering from coronavirus.

Amitabh announced the news on Twitter, saying: "I have tested CoVid- have been discharged. I am back home in solitary quarantine.  Grace of the Almighty, blessings of Ma Babuji, prayers & duas of near, dear, and friends' fans EF .. and the excellent care and nursing at Nanavati made it possible for me to see this day,".

The 77-year-old Bollywood superstar was discharged after undergoing three weeks of treatment for the virus.

The elder Bachchan, who starred in over 200 films in a career spanning five decades, is one of the world’s most prolific film stars. He is also a former politician and television host.

The Bachchans are often called Bollywood’s first family. Amitabh Bachchan's wife, Jaya, is also an actress and a one-time member of Parliament.

Amitabh Bachchan and son Abhishek

Meanwhile, the actor's son, Abhishek Bachchan, who has also been infected by the virus, is still in the Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital receiving treatment for the coronavirus.

Abhishek said in a tweet that his father has tested negative and will rest at home. Both were hospitalized on July 11.

He added in a follow-up tweet that he will be remaining in hospital himself "due to some comorbidities".

"I, Unfortunately due to some comorbidities remain Covid-19 positive and remain in hospital. Again, thank you all for your continued wishes and prayers for my family. Very humbled and indebted. 🙏🏽 I’ll beat this and come back healthier! Promise. 💪🏽," Abhishek wrote on Twitter.

Moreover, Abhishek Bachchan’s wife, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and their 8-year-old daughter, Aaradhya, who both also infected with the virus, left the hospital last week after recovering.

Amitabh Bachchan family

It is worth mentioning that the novel coronavirus was first reported in Wuhan, China, and has infected more than one million people and killed over 234,139 worldwide. It also hit several celebrities and top political figures around the world.

The virus is a new member of the Coronaviruses group, which was never identified in humans. The viruses’ family also includes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV), which cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases.

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Humans and animals such as mammals and birds can be affected by the disease.

The name coronavirus is derived from the Latin corona, meaning “crown” or “halo”.

On February 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the official name for the disease caused by the new coronavirus is Covid-19, taken from the words “corona”, “virus” and “disease”.

In December 2019, an outbreak was reported in Wuhan, China. On 31 December 2019, the outbreak was traced to a novel strain of coronavirus, which was given the interim name 2019-nCoV by the World Health Organization (WHO), it was later renamed SARS-CoV-2 by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses.

On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared coronavirus a global pandemic as the new virus has rapidly spread to more than 800,000 people from Asia to the Middle East, Europe, and the United States.

Transmission of viruses between humans happens when someone comes into contact with an infected person’s secretions, such as droplets in a cough.

Coronavirus can also be transmitted by coming into contact with something an infected person has touched and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.

It is known that older people appear to be more vulnerable to the effects of the emerging virus.

The virus caused complete paralysis in all activities and events with large gatherings worldwide due to concerns over the spread of the virus.

People across the globe partake in self-isolation for 14 days as an effective precautionary measure to protect those around them and themselves from contracting COVID-19.