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Bollywood actress Rekha to be tested for Covid-19 after security guard at her home contracts coronavirus

The 65-year-old actress will take a test independently and submit a report

A security guard for actress Rekha, centre, pictured in 2017, has tested positive for Covid-19. Getty Images
A security guard for actress Rekha, centre, pictured in 2017, has tested positive for Covid-19. Getty Images

Veteran Bollywood actress Rekha will undergo testing for the coronavirus, after a security guard at her home tested positive for Covid-19.

The Silsila star, born Bhanurekha Ganesan, told the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation she will take a test independently and submit a report, a civic official told The Hindustan Times.

The BMC confirmed on Sunday that it had sealed off a portion of Rekha's home in Bandra, Mumbai, after a security guard working at the bungalow tested positive for the coronavirus last Tuesday.

His fellow employees at the residence have also been tested.

Rekha, 65, has not yet made a public statement on the situation.

Fellow actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, 46, and her daughter, Aaradhya, 8, have confirmed they will self-quarantine at home after being infected with the coronavirus.

The actress and her daughter were revealed to have tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday, a day after Aishwarya's husband, Abhishek Bachchan, confirmed he had the coronavirus.

Abhishek, 44, and his father, Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan, 77, announced that they had tested positive on Saturday.

Abhishek confirmed on Twitter that his wife and daughter would stay at home, rather than hospital.

"They will be self quarantining at home," he wrote. "The BMC has been updated of their situation and are doing the needful."

Abhishek Bachchan (L) and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with their daughter Aaradhya pose as they arrive to attend the wedding reception of Akash Ambani in March 2019. EPA
Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and daughter Aaradhya have all tested positive for Covid-19. EPA

Abhishek also confirmed that his mother, Jaya Bachchan, had tested negative for Covid-19, but he and his father would remain in hospital for the time being.

"The rest of the family including my mother have tested negative. Thank you all for your wishes and prayers," he added.

"My father and I remain in hospital 'til the doctors decide otherwise. Everyone please remain cautious and safe. Please follow all rules!"

Amitabh is in hospital in an isolation unit, but his symptoms are currently being reported as mild and he is in a stable condition.

Updated: July 13, 2020 07:07 PM

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