Fatima Sana Shaikh becomes latest Bollywood star to contract COVID-19
Actress Fatima Sana Shaikh has become the latest Bollywood celeb to contract the deadly coronavirus. The Ludo star confirmed the news on social media on Monday. She said she was self-quarantining at home and has taken all necessary precautions. While actors like Ranbir Kapoor and Siddhant Chaturvedi recovered from the disease recently, Shaikh's Dangal co-star Aamir Khan, among others, also recently tested positive for COVID-19.
'Please stay safe guys'
Sharing a picture of clouds on her Instagram story, Shaikh wrote: "I have tested positive for COVID-19 and currently following all the precautions and protocols and have been home quarantining myself (sic)." She thanked everyone for their "wishes and concerns," urging them to stay safe. With productions back on track, actors are busy again and undergo tests regularly, leading to so many positive cases.
Shaikh to star in 'Aruvi' remake
Last seen in Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari and Ludo in quick succession, Shaikh will be gracing the screen next in Ajeeb Daastaans soon. It's the first time that the actress will feature in a short format project. The anthology will be dropping on Netflix on April 16. Apart from this, Shaikh will be also starring in the Hindi remake of the Tamil movie Aruvi.
India's total tally reached 12 million earlier
The frequency at which celebrities are getting infected is only reflective of the bigger nationwide picture. India's national tally crossed 12 million with over 68,000 fresh cases being reported on Sunday. The death toll climbed to 161,897. Maharashtra continued to report the maximum number of infections. It was followed by Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu among the top five worst-hit states on Monday.
Second wave likely to be worse than the first
While the second COVID-19 wave in India isn't catching people off-guard, it is expected to cause more harm, according to estimates. For comparison, India took 23 days to get from 30,000 to 60,000 cases a day during the first wave, but the same has taken about 10 days this time. Another point of concern is, the rise comes even amidst the vigorous national vaccination drive.