Amitabh Bachchan discharged from hospital


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One of India’s best known film stars, Amitabh Bachchan, has been discharged from hospital after being treated for Covid-19.

Last month the 77-year-old actor told his millions of Twitter followers that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.

On Sunday, he said he had left hospital after testing negative.

He thanked his fans for their prayers, as well as staff at Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai for their “excellent care”.

Bachchan was admitted to hospital last month along with his son, Abhishek, who also tested positive. The actor’s daughter-in-law and granddaughter also had positive tests.

India is currently seeing a surge in coronavirus infections.

On Saturday, the country reported more than 57,000 new cases in 24 hours – the highest daily total to date. It was the third day in a row that India recorded more than 50,000 new cases.

Maharashtra, home to the financial capital, Mumbai, is the worst affected state.

But there are rapid rises in many other parts of the country including Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Assam.

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