Coronavirus updates: world record of daily virus cases, according to WHO

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Image caption: Amitabh Bachchan, 77, has appeared in hundreds of films

Indian megastars are no larger than the Bachchans, a family considered to be an active royalty.

At the head of the dynasty is Amitabh Bachchan, one of the most famous people on the planet, with billions of fans spread over the continents.

Over the past five decades, the 77-year-old actor has appeared in hundreds of Bollywood films, aired prime-time television shows, and is revered and even worshiped – by his fans.

It is therefore not surprising that the news he has of the coronavirus is massive in India and beyond. In 1982, the nation stopped when Amitabh Bachchan spent months in hospital after a stunt of films went horribly wrong.

This time it would be stable, with only mild symptoms. The star, who has 43 million followers on Twitter, tweeted thanks to his supporters from the hospital.

Her son Abhishek Bachchan and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai Bachchan who have both tested positive are also big stars in their own right.

While attention is focused on this one family, thousands of other Indians contract Covid-19 every day. The country is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of cases, now the third largest in the world after the United States and Brazil.

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