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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and daughter Aaradhya hospitalised with Covid-19

The two have been admitted after complaining of 'breathlessness', but hospital representative has assured fans 'they are fine'

Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been hospitalised in Mumbai with Covid-19. Her eight-year-old daughter, Aaradhya, has also been admitted.

The actress's husband, Abhishek Bachchan, 44, and father-in-law, Amitabh Bachchan, 77, were hospitalised with Covid-19 on Saturday, July 11.

The four family members are at the same facility, the Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai.

Actress and politician Jaya Bachchan, wife of Amitabh, is reported to have tested negative, but remains in isolation at home.

On Sunday, July 12, it was announced that Aishwarya and Aaradhya had tested positive for Covid-19. At the time, it was reported they were asymptomatic and quarantining at home. However, on Friday, the two were transferred to hospital after complaining of "breathlessness", Times of India has reported.

The actress is one of Bollywood's most popular stars, and in a bid to assure fans, a hospital representative told Press Trust of India that their cases were mild, saying: "They are fine."

There has been no official update on the cases of Amitabh and Abhishek since Sunday, July 12, when Abhishek tweeted: "My father and I remain in hospital till the doctors decide otherwise. Everyone please remain cautious and safe. Please follow all rules!"

He has not tweeted an update on his wife and daughter since July 12, when he confirmed that the two had "also tested Covid-19 positive".

While in hospital, Amitabh has not directly commented on his health since he told fans he had the coronavirus. However, he has continued to engage with the public, sharing regular poems, prayers and messages of thanks on his Twitter.

On Friday, he wrote: "In happy times, in times of illness, you our near and dear, our well wishers, our fans have ever given us unstinting love, affection, care and prayer ... we express our bountiful gracious gratitude to you all ... in these circumstances hospital protocol, restrictive!"

The family members are among the most high-profile people in India to have tested positive for Covid-19. As of Friday, Mumbai authorities said the city had nearly 100,000 cases, with more than 1,200 new patients being reported each day. More than 5,582 people in the city have died.

Nationally, the country of 1.3 billion people has reported 26,000 deaths.

Additional reporting from AFP

Updated: July 20, 2020 04:22 PM

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