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Bollywood star hospitalized with Covid-19 as pandemic sweeps through industry

April 6, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Indian actor Akshay Kumar has become the latest top Bollywood star to test positive for Covid-19, as India's second wave of coronavirus infections tears through its film industry.

New Delhi (CNN)Indian actor Akshay Kumar has become the latest top Bollywood star to test positive for Covid-19, as India's second wave of coronavirus infections tears through its film industry.

Kumar, one of Bollywood's most profitable actors and the star of dozens of popular movies, tweeted Monday that he had been hospitalized "as a precautionary measure under medical advice. "

He confirmed his positive results a day earlier, saying he had "immediately isolated" himself, asking those he had come into contact with to get tested.

He joins a number of Indian stars to have tested positive for the virus in recent weeks, with coronavirus infections mounting in the country.

Leading Bollywood director and Oscar-nominated producer Aamir Khan confirmed last month that he had contracted the virus, and actor Ranbir Kapoor has also tested positive.

Last week, Kapoor's girlfriend Alia Bhatt announced in an Instagram story that she had also tested positive.

Last year, Amitabh Bachchan -- one of India's most famous stars -- was among a number of actors to test positive and spend time in hospital.

Infections in the country are again at the level seen during that initial wave, forcing the capital New Delhi and its surrounding region to enter a nightly curfew on Tuesday.

Other well-known names that have tested positive in recent weeks include the south Indian actor R Madhavan and Vicky Kaushal, whose work includes the Netflix films "Love per Square Foot" and "Lust Stories. "

India's Hindi film industry, known as Bollywood, is located in the financial capital of Mumbai in western Maharashtra state, which has contributed to more than half of the new Covid cases reported in the country.

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