Aishwarya, daughter also test Covid positive

MUMBAI: Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (46) and her daughter Aaradhya (8) tested positive for the coronavirus on Sunday, a day after her superstar father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan and actor husband Abhishek were hospitalised with the infection.
The mother and daughter, both asymptomatic, decided to self-isolate at home by giving BMC a declaration. Amitabh’s actress wife, Jaya, tested negative, as did their daughter Sweta Bachchan Nanda and her family.

Municipal officials said that in the family, only Abhishek had been stepping out for dubbing work. The condition of Amitabh (77) and Abhishek (44) was said to be stable at Nanavati Hospital, where they were admitted on Saturday.

Dr Abdul Samad Ansari, head of critical care at Nanavati, said that their line of treatment was supportive therapy for now.

“The senior actor is stable and doing well clinically. His symptoms are mild at this moment. His vitals and appetite are fine. Same is true for Abhishek,” said Dr Ansair. “It’s probably the fifth day since Amitabh’s symptoms have surfaced. In Covid patients, the peak impact is seen by the 10-12th day, but not in everyone. Many only have mild symptoms,” he added.

Additional municipal commissioner Suresh Kakani said Amitabh’s oxygen saturation levels were above 95%, which was the normal range.

The BMC put up posters outside all four Bachchan family bungalows in Juhu— Janak, Jalsa, Pratiksha and Vatsa— announcing a ‘containment zone’.

Aishwarya and Aaradhya are believed to have isolated themselves in Jalsa. Abhishek, on Sunday evening tweeted: “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.”

Four municipal teams comprising 20 staffers were deployed to sanitise the bungalows and screen everyone. Officials said they had traced 28 high-risk contacts, all bungalow workers, after screening and collected their swabs for testing.

The 28 bungalow staff members had been quarantined at Janak, which the family also uses as an office. Officials said there was adequate space in the bungalow to quarantine them.

Sources said the senior Bachchan had experienced breathlessness on Saturday morning, following which he contacted his doctor, who advised the Covid-19 test.

According to information uploaded on the Indian Council of Medical Research website, the samples of Amitabh and Abhishek were collected around 4pm and reports were available in four to five hours, but hospital sources said their samples were collected on Saturday morning.

Bachchan’s treating team comprises gastroenterologist Dr Jayant Barve, Dr Ansari and head of imaging, Dr Deepak Patkar.

“They would be receiving an anti-viral and an immunomodulatory agent,” Dr Ansari said, declining to say whether the Bachchans would be given the in-demand experimental drug remdesivir.

While the doctors did not comment on how soon the Bachchans might be allowed to go home, Abhishek said on Twitter: “My father and I remain in hospital till the doctors decide otherwise. Everyone please remain cautious and safe. Please follow all rules”.

Assistant municipal commissioner of K-West ward Vishwas Mote said many cases were coming from buildings, societies and private premises. “They need to take all safety precautions at their end to control the spread,” Motes said.

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