Akshay Kumar tests positive for COVID-19; under home quarantine
Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar on Sunday tested positive for COVID-19. The 53-year-old said that he had isolated himself and is seeking the required medical care. Notably, Kumar had been shooting for his upcoming film Ram Setu along with co-stars Nushrat Bharucha and Jacqueline Fernandez. The actor advised those who came in contact with him to get tested. Here are more details.
Taking to social media, Kumar said on Sunday, "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 am under home quarantine and have sought necessary medical care. I would sincerely request all those that have come in contact with me to get themselves tested and take care."
At the time of his diagnosis, Kumar was busy filming for Ram Setu, where he plays an archaeologist in the movie. Separately, the actor will also be seen in the romantic drama Atrangi Re, where he stars alongside Dhanush and Sara Ali Khan, the period drama Prithviraj, the action-comedy Bachchan Pandey, and Raksha Bandhan. Kumar said he will be "back in action soon."
In the recent past, several other actors have tested positive for the viral disease. Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor, Aamir Khan, Kartik Aaryan, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Paresh Rawal, Milind Soman are among the actors who have recently contracted COVID-19. Meanwhile, other actors including Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Sanjay Dutt, and Malaika Arora were seen taking their COVID-19 vaccine shots.
According to the Union Health Ministry, as of Sunday morning, India reported a total of 12,485,509 COVID-19 cases, adding 93,249 fresh cases in the past 24 hours. This marks the biggest single-day spike since mid-September. The death toll rose to 1,64,623 with 513 fresh fatalities. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 11,629,289 people have recovered and only 6,91,597 infections are active.