Bollywood’s legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan was recently admitted to Nanavati Hospital after he confirmed that he has tested COVID-19 positive. “T 3590 -I have tested CoviD positive .. shifted to Hospital .. hospital informing authorities .. family and staff undergone tests , results awaited .. All that have been in close proximity to me in the last 10 days are requested to please get themselves tested!” the actor had tweeted.
Following that, his son Abhishek Bachchan also revealed that he is COVID-19 positive, making everyone tensed. Things worsened when Abhishek tweeted sometime later that his wife, actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and daughter Aaradhya had tested Covid-19 positive.
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 Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) July 11, 2020
Aishwarya and Aaradhya have also tested COVID-19 positive. They will be self quarantining at home. The BMC has been updated of their situation and are doing the needful.The rest of the family including my Mother have tested negative. Thank you all for your wishes and prayers 🙏🏽
— Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) July 12, 2020
Soon, wishes for the Bachchans started pouring in from industry colleagues and their fans across the globe. Expectedly so, the news of Big B’s health was covered in the Indian media extensively. Albeit, Twitter users were not really happy with the apparent ‘Covid updates’ on his health that news organisations were providing in the times of other important updates of national interest.
Naturally, Twitteratis lashed out at the coverage and asked Indian media that ‘is this journalism?’ Check out the tweets here:
Waiting for upcoming big breaking news…
That which colour frock will #Aradhya wear on tomorrow morning?
Do really #AmitabhBachchan ji brush of his teeth in two times?
Keep it up #IndianMedia …proud of you
— ANAYA MALAKAR(Bong Girl) (@ANAYAMALAKAR1) July 13, 2020
— 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳 BANSI 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳 (@ImBansi07) July 14, 2020
Literally MEdia is such an shame pic.twitter.com/XBONPdSkiT
— Priyanka (@Itspriyanka12) July 12, 2020
Media : pic.twitter.com/TYL3UkVmvx
— Nishant Srivastava (@zindgi_tabah) July 13, 2020
— Kartik Jain (@kartik45493905) July 14, 2020
— anu sehgal (@anusehgal) July 14, 2020
At a time when India is battling with Coronavirus pandemic and the mark has crossed 10 lakhs, do we really require minute-by-minute updates on his health? Well, the clear answer is NO.
Also, let’s not forget, Assam has been wrecked by devastating floods, Dalit farmers are being brutally beaten, and Indian economy has witnessed the worst slump. So during such tough times, Indian media should really focus on more important news than covering a celebrity’s health each second?