With 28,637 fresh infections in the past 24 hours, the number of confirmed cases in India neared the 8.5 lakh-mark. Of the 8,49,553 cases, 5.3 lakh have recovered, while there are nearly 3 lakh active cases. The toll stands at 22,674. India is the third worst-hit nation, behind only the United States and Brazil. Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan and his son, actor Abhishek Bachchan, announced in separate tweets Saturday that they have tested positive for Covid-19 and have been admitted to a hospital in Mumbai with “mild symptoms”. Both of them are undergoing treatment at Nanavati Hospital, with an official confirming that they had “facilitated their tests” and that the two are “stable”. Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said all their other family members have tested negative in rapid antigen tests. The results of the RT-PCR tests are awaited, he said.
Mumbai’s Raj Bhavan campus that is home to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari is the latest to turn into a mini Covid-19 hotspot. On Saturday, at least 14 people who stay and work inside the campus tested positive for coronavirus. Two others had tested positive earlier this week. The Mumbai municipality was yet to declare Raj Bhavan as a containment zone. A senior official with Raj Bhavan confirmed that the campus will remain out of bounds to outsiders and that no meeting will take place inside the premises for the next fortnight or so.