Bachchans test +ve, 27,114 new cases

MUMBAI, July 11:  Megastar Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek Bachchan today said they had tested positive for COVID-19 and been admitted to a city hospital.
The Bachchans, who are at Nanavati Hospital, shared their health update on Twitter.
Abhishek said both his father and he had had mild symptoms and requested everybody to be calm and not panic.
While Amitabh is 77, Abhishek is 44 years old.
“I have tested COVID positive. Shifted to Hospital. Hospital informing authorities, family and staff undergone tests, results awaited,” Amitabh tweeted. “All that have been in close proximity to me in the last 10 days are requested to please get themselves tested,” he added.
He has been moved to the isolation ward of the hospital, Nanavati Hospital sources said.
Soon after his father posted his tweet, quelling speculation about his health, Abhishek also tweeted.
“Earlier today both my father and I tested positive for COVID 19. Both of us having mild symptoms have been admitted to hospital. We have informed all the required authorities and our family and staff are all being tested. I request all to stay calm and not panic. Thank you,” Abhishek tweeted.
Meanwhile, with a record single-day increase of 27,114 cases, India’s COVID-19 tally zoomed past the eight-lakh mark today, just four days after crossing the seven-lakh post, according to the Union Health Ministry data.
The total Coronavirus caseload in the country surged to 8,20,916 today death toll climbed to 22,123 with 519 people succumbing to the disease in 24 hours, the updated data at 8 am showed.
This was the eighth consecutive day that COVID-19 cases in the country increased by more than 22,000.
The rise in the number of Coronavirus cases has gained pace significantly. It took 110 days for the number of cases in the country to reach one lakh but just 53 days more to race past the eight-lakh mark.
It took 64 days for COVID-19 cases in India to rise above one lakh from 100, and another fortnight to cross two lakh on June 3. It took 10 days for the tally to touch the three lakh-mark and another eight days for the cases to climb above four lakh on June 21.
In another six days, the total tally raced past the five-lakh mark. Then it took 10 days to cross seven lakh.
With effective implementation of Containment Zones, surveillance activities, timely diagnosis and effective clinical management of cases, the total number of recovered patients has crossed the 5 lakh-mark today, the Union Health Ministry said. (PTI)