Akshay Kumar tests positive for COVID

Mumbai, April 4 2021: Bollywood star Akshay Kumar said he has tested positive for Covid-19, becoming the latest Indian celebrity to contract the virus as the vast nation battles a new wave of cases.

“I wish to inform everyone that, earlier this morning, I have tested positive for Covid-19,” the 53-year-old actor tweeted. Kumar said last year that he drinks cow urine daily to stay healthy — a practice some Hindus believe has medical benefits, including against the coronavirus.

The news came just a day after Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar said he had been hospitalised as a precautionary measure after testing positive.

Experts have warned that infections are increasing at a faster pace in India, which has the world’s third-highest number of cases after the US and Brazil, compared to last year. Maharashtra, where the country’s financial capital Mumbai is located, has been the worst-hit state or territory in recent weeks.

The megacity of 20 million people saw its highest single-day spike on Saturday with 9,090 fresh cases.

Public transport services are expected to be suspended, but factories will remain open, the government said late Saturday. No further lockdown details have been released as yet.

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