Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan said Sunday he had been discharged from hospital, three weeks after being admitted with “mild” coronavirus symptoms after testing positive for the disease.
The news came as powerful Indian Home Minister Amit Shah revealed he had tested positive for coronavirus, which is infecting tens of thousands of individuals each day — and killing hundreds — within the world’s second-most-populous country.
More than 1.7 million people have now been infected in India, giving it the world’s highest toll behind the us and Brazil, and quite 37,000 have died.
Bachchan’s actor-son Abishek, who was admitted at an equivalent time, will remain in hospital, while his daughter-in-law, actress and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai, and granddaughter Aaradhya, were discharged last week.
They were the highest-profile family in India to contract the virus during a country that worships movie stars.
“I am back home. i will be able to need to be in solitary quarantine in my room,” Bachchan wrote on Instagram, saying he had tested negative.
He thanked his family, fans and “the excellent care and nursing” at the hospital, saying they “made it possible on behalf of me to ascertain this day”.
At the time he said he had “mild” symptoms.
Bachchan’s discharge came as Home Minister Amit Shah — Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s chief assistant — said he had tested positive for the virus.
“On getting initial symptoms of coronavirus, I got myself tested and my report is positive,” Shah tweeted.
“My health is ok , but on the recommendation of doctors I’m getting myself admitted to a hospital.”
The 55-year-old — the primary national government cabinet minister to check positive — called on everyone in touch with him over the past two days to urge tested and isolate.
It was not clear if Shah had met Modi or other senior cabinet ministers in recent days. He was admitted to a hospital in Gurgaon, just outside the capital New Delhi , local media reported.
B.S. Yediyurappa, chief minister of the southwestern state of Karnataka which features a population of quite 60 million people, late Sunday also tweeted that he had tested positive.
Screen legend Bachchan, 77, idolised in India and affectionately referred to as “Big B”, has worked for quite half a century within the movie industry .
His release from hospital was cheered by his legion of fervent fans.
Hundreds of them gathered at the Amitabh Bachchan Temple — built by his fans within the city in 2001 and which features a life-size statue of the revered celebrity — in Kolkata on Sunday.
“Amitabh is our ‘guru’. he’s quite god to us,” Amitabh Bachchan Fan Association secretary Sanjoy Patodiya told AFP on Sunday before the actor’s announcement.
“His fans are spending sleepless nights praying that their god gets well soon.”
India will reopen gyms and yoga teaching facilities, also as end a nighttime curfew — subject to state and territory requirements — from August 5, as a part of its latest easing of virus restrictions.
The government added Sunday that arriving international passengers — mostly stranded Indians returning home on special charter flights — could skip seven days of institutional quarantine if they submitted negative coronavirus test results.
They would still be required to undergo 14 days of home quarantine.
Metro train services are still suspended while cinemas, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums and assembly halls remain closed.