- COVID-19 was declared as a pandemic by WHO on March 11, 2020
- A year later, COVID-19 is mutating with some variants being more contagious
- On January 16, India started vaccination in the fight against COVID-19
New Delhi: A little over a year ago, the novel coronavirus was declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO). After a significant decline in the spread of COVID-19 in India, the country is once again reporting an uptick in cases and deaths and witnessing the early second wave of the pandemic which according to the experts is more ominous. Over the past year, the COVID-19 has left no one, not even public figures like actor Amitabh Bachchan. Here are some of the Bollywood celebrities who have tested positive for COVID-19.
Actor Katrina Kaif
On Tuesday (April 6), through her Instagram story, actress Katrina Kaif announced that she has tested positive for COVID-19. Informing about the following steps, Ms Kaif wrote, “Have immediately isolated myself and will be under home quarantine. I am following all safety protocols under the advice of my doctors.”
The actress requested all the people around her to get themselves tested.
Actor Vicky Kaushal
Bollywood star Vicky Kausal too announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19 inspite of all care and precautions. Through an Instagram post, the 32-year-old actor informed that he is following all essential protocols and is currently under home quarantine, taking medication as prescribed by the doctor. The actor also urged his contacts to get tested immediately.
Actor Bhumi Pednekar
Just a day after Akshay Kumar tested positive, on Monday (April 5), actress Bhumi Pednekar revealed she has contracted the coronavirus and is currently in quarantine. In a 5 point Instagram post, Ms Pednekar wrote,
I have tested positive for COVID-19. As of today, I have mild symptoms, but am feeling ok and have isolated myself. I am following the protocol given by my doctor and health professionals.
Ms Pednekar urged those who were in her vicinity in the recent past to get themselves tested. Further sharing how she is dealing with her COVID-positive situation, she wrote, “Steam, Vitamin C, Food and a happy mood are my go to.”
Ringing an alarm on the COVID-19 situation in the country and the need to follow COVID precautionary measures, Ms Pednekar said she contracted the virus even after following strict protocols.
Please don’t take this situation lightly, even though I followed utmost precaution and care, I’ve contracted it. Wear a mask, keep washing your hands, maintain social distancing and be mindful of your general behavior, she wrote.
Bollywood’s Padman Akshay Kumar
“I wish to inform everyone that, earlier this morning, I have tested positive for COVID-19. Following all the protocols, I have immediately isolated myself. I’m under home quarantine and have sought necessary medical care”, tweeted actor Akshay Kumar on a Sunday (April 4) morning. The actor urged those who have come in contact with him to get tested.
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) April 4, 2021
On Monday (April 5), 53-year-old actor informed that he is in the hospital as a precautionary measure and that he is looking forward to be back home soon. The actor also showed gratitude to his well-wishers.
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) April 5, 2021
Some 45 crew members working with Mr Kumar on his new project Ram Setu have also tested positive for COVID-19.
Actor Govinda has contracted the coronavirus, his wife Sunita Ahuja revealed in a statement. Speaking to news agency PTI, Sunita Ahuja said Govinda tested COVID-19 positive on Sunday morning. The 57-year-old actor has been experiencing “mild symptoms” and is following all the necessary protocols – he has isolated himself and is currently under quarantine, reported PTI.
He tested positive today morning. His symptoms are absolutely mild. There’s nothing to worry about. He is quarantining at home and taking precautions, Ms Ahuja told PTI.
Actor Alia Bhatt
28-year-old actress Alia Bhatt is the latest celebrity to have contracted the highly contagious COVID-19 disease. The actress shared the news through an Instagram story. In a statement shared late night on Thursday (April 1), Ms Bhatt wrote, “Hello all, I have tested positive for COVID-19. I have immediately isolated myself and will be under home quarantine. I am following all safety protocols under the advice of my doctors.” Alia also thanked concerned fans in her post, adding, “Grateful for all your love and support. Please stay safe and take care.”
Actor-politician Paresh Rawal
65-year-old actor-politician Paresh Rawal was found to be infected with the COVID-19 disease on March 26, weeks after getting the first dose of the COVID vaccine. Breaking the news on social media, the actor asked those who were in his vicinity in the recent past to get themselves tested. He wrote, “Unfortunately, I have tested positive for COVID-19. All those that have come in contact with me in the last 10 days are requested to please get themselves tested.”
Unfortunately, I have tested positive for COVID-19. All those that have come in contact with me in the last 10 days are requested to please get themselves tested.
— Paresh Rawal (@SirPareshRawal) March 26, 2021
On March 9, Mr Rawal got his first COVID vaccine shot, which he revealed in a tweet through a photo from the vaccination centre. Sharing his picture in which Mr Rawal can be seen flashing the victory sign; the actor thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He wrote, “V for vaccines! Thanks to all the doctors and nurses and the front line health care workers and the scientists. Thanks, Narendra Modi.”
— Paresh Rawal (@SirPareshRawal) March 9, 2021
3 Idiots’ Stars – Aamir Khan And R Madhavan – Caught COVID-19
On March 24, actor Aamir Khan tested positive for novel coronavirus and went into home isolation. In a statement, the actor’s spokesperson said, “Mr Aamir Khan has tested positive for COVID-19. He is at home in self-quarantine, following all the protocols and he’s doing fine.” The statement on Aamir’s behalf also urged those who were in the actor’s vicinity in the recent past to get themselves tested.
All those who came in contact with him in the recent past should get themselves tested as a precautionary measure. Thank you for all your wishes and concern, read the statement.
The following day, on March 25, actor R Madhavan announced that he has tested positive for coronavirus. The actor who has worked with Aamir Khan in the Bollywood film 3 Idiots, used the film’s reference to announce his COVID-19 diagnosis. In the film, Aamir Khan and R Madhavan played the roles of two best friends Rancho and Farhan, studying in an engineering college. They had named their college dean as Virus in the film. Using that reference, Mr Madhavan tweeted, “Farhan HAS to follow Rancho and Virus has always been after us BUT this time he bloody caught up. BUT-ALL IS WELL and the Covid will be in the Well soon. Though this is one place we don’t want Raju (lead co-actor Sharman Joshi) in. Thank you for all the love. I am recuperating well.”
Farhan HAS to follow Rancho and Virus has always been after us BUT this time he bloody caught up. ????????????????BUT-ALL IS WELL and the Covid???? will be in the Well soon. Though this is one place we don’t want Raju in????????. Thank you for all the love ❤️❤️I am recuperating well.???????????? pic.twitter.com/xRWAeiPxP4
— Ranganathan Madhavan (@ActorMadhavan) March 25, 2021
Actor Manoj Bajpayee
In early March, actor Manoj Bajpayee tested positive for COVID-19 and was in self-quarantine. On March 12, news agency ANI reported the news through a tweet and wrote, “Actor Manoj Bajpayee has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in self-quarantine at his home, his team releases a statement.”
Actor Manoj Bajpayee has tested positive for #COVID19 & is in self-quarantine at his home, his team releases a statement.
(File photo) pic.twitter.com/epldw2hJKu
— ANI (@ANI) March 12, 2021
Actor Ranbir Kapoor
38-year-old actor Ranbir Kapoor has the COVID-19 virus, his mother Neetu Kapoor confirmed in an Instagram post on March 9. “Thank you for your concern and your good wishes. Ranbir has tested positive for COVID-19. He is on medication and recovering well. He is in self-quarantine at home and following all precautions,” Ms Kapoor wrote on Instagram.
The actor recently tested negative for the disease.
Actor Varun Dhawan
Earlier in December, actor Varun Dhawan contracted the coronavirus and called it as ‘nothing is certain in life’. Sharing a post on his Instagram profile, the actor announced that he tested positive for COVID-19 and wrote,
So as I returned to work in the pandemic era I have contracted COVID-19. All precautions were taken by the production but still nothing is certain in life especially not COVID-19.
The actor asked his fans to be extra careful and added, “So please be extra careful I believe I could have been more careful. I see the get well soon messages and my spirits are high taking each day at a time. Thank you.”
Veteran Actor Neetu Kapoor
62-year-old actor Neetu Kapoor who was filming with Varun Dhawan got the COVID-19 disease around the same time and was in self-quarantine as part of the recovery process. Sharing the news on social media, Ms Kapoor had written,
Earlier this week, I tested positive for COVID-19. All safety measures are being followed and I am thankful to the authorities for all their help and quick response. I am in self-quarantine, taking medication on my doctor’s advice and feeling better. I am so grateful for all your love and support.
Through her post, Ms Kapoor had also asked her fans to stay safe, wear a mask and keep a safe distance.
Legendary Actor Amitabh Bachchan And Family
In July 2020, legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan and his actor-producer son Abhishek tested positive for Coronavirus. Among the immediate family, Abhishek’s wife, actress and former Miss World, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and their daughter Aaradhya too tested COVID-19 positive. While both Abhishek and his father were hospitalised in Mumbai’s Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital, Aishwarya and their daughter were in home quarantine. Later, Aishwarya was also moved to Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital for treatment.
During his stay at the hospital, actor Amitabh Bachchan regularly thanked his extended family for their prayers, wishes and blessings. The veteran actor even wrote a blog about how the disease affects a patient’s mental health. From his experience in the isolation ward of the hospital and how it feels to “not see another human for weeks” to the role of doctors, healthcare staff, their routine visits and how doctors communicate with the patients while treating the disease, Big B touched upon all aspects of being in a COVID-19 ward.
Various other celebrities including Milind Soman, Rohit Saraf, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Kartik Aaryan, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Arjun Kapoor, Malaika Arora, Kriti Sanon, Genelia Deshmukh, Harshvardhan Rane, Aftab Shivdasani, Himansh Kohli, Purab Kohli, have been infected with the COVID-19 disease over the last year.
NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. 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 highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. 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 become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollution, waste management, plastic ban, manual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene.