New Delhi: Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan has tested positive for COVID-19. On Tuesday (August 23) night, the veteran actor took to the micro-blogging site Twitter to share the news with his followers. Sharing the update, Mr Bachchan urged his contacts to get tested for the Novel Coronavirus. In a tweet, he wrote, “I have just tested Covid positive. All those who have been in my vicinity and around me, please get yourself checked and tested also.”
T 4388 – I have just tested CoViD + positive .. all those that have been in my vicinity and around me, please get yourself checked and tested also .. ????
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) August 23, 2022
This is the second time Mr Bachchan has contracted COVID, ever since the pandemic began. Earlier in July 2020, the legendary actor had tested positive along with his actor-producer son Abhishek Bachchan. The father-son duo was also hospitalised. Among the immediate family, Abhishek’s wife, actress and former Miss World, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and their daughter Aaradhya had tested COVID-19 positive.
Mr Bachchan has been on the forefront of many health campaigns of the government from polio eradication to Tuberculosis awareness initiatives. He has been the campaign ambassador for NDTV-Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign since 2014. In one of the episodes of the Banega Swasth India campaign, Mr Bachchan had talked about his medical conditions and shared that in 1982, during a film shoot, he suffered a serious accident that required immediate surgery and 60 units of blood. One of the units happened to be infected with Hepatitis B, adversely affecting Mr Bachchan’s liver. However, the diagnosis of Hepatitis B happened many years later during a regular body checkup. Recalling the same, Mr Bachchan said,
I don’t mind saying it publicly that I’m a TB survivor, I’m a Hepatitis B survivor. Due to a bad blood infusion, 75 per cent of my liver was damaged. But because I was able to detect it even after a period of 20 years when 75 per cent of my liver was gone, I’m still surviving on 25 per cent and this is what I’m able to propagate that get yourself tested, get yourself diagnosed and then there is a cure.
Even at the outset of the Coronavirus outbreak in India, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare roped in Mr Bachchan to spread awareness about prevention and symptoms to look out for, for COVID-19.
Watch the message here:
We all share the same responsibility.
Amitabh Bachchan, #UNICEF India Goodwill Ambassador has this important message for you on how to stay safe and protected against #COVID19.#CoronaVirus #CoronaOutbreak@WHOSEARO @MoHFW_INDIA @SrBachchan @UNinIndia pic.twitter.com/24JHKDZe9q
— UNICEF India (@UNICEFIndia) March 17, 2020
NDTV – Dettol have been working towards a clean and healthy India since 2014 via the Banega Swachh India initiative, which is helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. The campaign aims to highlight the inter-dependency of humans and the environment, and of humans on one another with the focus on One Health, One Planet, One Future – Leaving No One Behind. It stresses on the need to take care of, and consider, everyone’s health in India – especially vulnerable communities – the LGBTQ population, indigenous people, India’s different tribes, ethnic and linguistic minorities, people with disabilities, migrants, geographically remote populations, gender and sexual minorities. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign will continue to raise awareness on the same along with focussing on the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children, fight malnutrition, mental wellbeing, self care, science and health, adolescent health & gender awareness. Along with the health of people, the campaign has realised the need to also take care of the health of the eco-system. Our environment is fragile due to human activity, which is not only over-exploiting available resources, but also generating immense pollution as a result of using and extracting those resources. The imbalance has also led to immense biodiversity loss that has caused one of the biggest threats to human survival – climate change. It has now been described as a “code red for humanity.” The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollution, waste management, plastic ban, manual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene. Banega Swasth India will also be taking forward the dream of Swasth Bharat, the campaign feels that only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and the country can become a Swasth or healthy India.