Anupam Kher (Photo Credit: Instagram)
Veteran actor Anupam Kher, who returned from the US on Friday, said as a precautionary measure he will be self-isolating himself, amid coronavirus scare. The actor said he tested negative for coronavirus upon his arrival in the country. ''I have just landed. I was tested at the airport and I was given a clean chit. But on my own I will be staying at home. I've to go on self-isolation. We must,’’ Kher told PTI.
The actor was filming for TV series ‘New Amsterdam’ in New York City for the past several weeks before the show halted production due to COVID-19. ''The show is episodic. It was for 22 episodes but this time the 19th one is the final episode as everything is shut so we didn't shoot,’’ he added.
Kher's co-actor Daniel Dae Kim announced on Thursday that he has tested positive for coronavirus. ''I have no idea (about this). I had no work with him,’’ Kher said.
The 65-year-old actor said it is time for everyone to behave responsibly and take precautions. ‘’It is time that celebrities behave responsibly because they are role models if they will do that and the world will follow them. You have to do that it is important. It is not only important for your personal health but it also shows you are a responsible citizen of the country,’’ he added.
Landed in Mumbai from NY. It was so gratifying to see how strictly but politely & competently our authorities at the airport are dealing with #Corona situation. India is really setting up an example of how to deal with the crises. Proud of authorities & the people. Jai Ho!ðŸ™ÂðŸ‡®ðŸ‡³ pic.twitter.com/YsUieS3rR3— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) March 20, 2020
Meanwhile, Shabana Azmi, who returned from Budapest, took to Twitter on Thursday and said she is under self-isolation.’’I have returned from Budapest on March 15 and I am practicing self-isolation till March 30,’’ she tweeted.
Legendary actor Dilip Kumar had on Monday said he is completely under isolation to avoid any infection due to coronavirus outbreak. The 97-year-old actor shared the health update on his Twitter account.
''He is fine (Kumar), he is at home. We all have to stay at home as a precautionary measure. May God keep all of us well, we are praying that the entire world is safe from this terrible calamity, it is a nightmare,'' Banu told PTI.
On late Tuesday night, megastar Amitabh Bachchan had tweeted a picture of a hand with a 'Home Quarantined' stamp on it. "Stamping started on hands with voter ink, in Mumbai .. keep safe, be cautious, remain isolated if detected..," he had posted.
According to the Health Ministry data, the novel coronavirus cases in India rose to 195 on Friday and Maharashtra has 47 cases.