Akshay Kumar has contracted the novel coronavirus. The actor, who had just begun shooting for Ram Setu along with Jacqueline Fernandez and Nushrratt Bharuccha, tested positive for Covid 19. Akshay Kumar has now been admitted to a hospital. And the latest we hear is that 45 crew members have also tested positive. The shooting had begun in Madh Island.

According to a report, a crew of 100 people was supposed to join the set of the film on April 5 in Mumbai’s Madh Island. However, Akshay Kumar and film’s producer Vikram Malhotra decided to make it mandatory for everyone to get tested. Reports of 45 out of 100 junior artistes who took the Covid-19 test came out positive.

Akshay Kumar on Sunday said he tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The 53-year-old actor took to Twitter to share his diagnosis and said he was following all the necessary protocols.

“I wish to inform everyone that, earlier this morning, I 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,” he wrote.

The star, who was shooting for “Ram Setu” in Mumbai, urged all those who came in contact with him to get themselves tested. “I would sincerely request all those that have come in contact with me get themselves tested and take care. Back in action soon!” he said.

Kumar is the latest Bollywood celebrity to have tested positive for COVID-19 after Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Aditya Narayan, Rupali Ganguly, Kartik Aaryan and Aamir Khan among others. On Saturday, Maharashtra reported 49,447 fresh COVID-19 cases, the highest rise in a day so far, taking the tally to 29,53,523.

On the work front, Akshay Kumar is awaiting the release of Rohit Shetty’s “Sooryavanshi”. He also has Aanand L Rai’s “Atrangi Re”, Farhad Samji-directed “Bachchan Pandey”, Ranjit Tiwari’s “Bell Bottom” and Yash Raj Films project “Prithviraj” in the pipeline.

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