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Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai hospitalized for COVID-19 as disease surges in India

Indian actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her daughter were hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment, the Times of India reported on Saturday, days after her husband and father-in-law were admitted.

Hospitalization comes days after her husband and father-in-law were admitted

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan poses on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival in France last year. The actor and her daughter have been hospitalized with COVID-19. (Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters)

Indian actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her daughter were hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment, the Times of India reported on Saturday, days after her husband and father-in-law were admitted.

Her father-in-law, Amitabh Bachchan, and husband, Abhishek Bachchan, also major Bollywood celebrities, were admitted to Mumbai's Nanavati Hospital early this week, becoming the highest-profile patients of the pandemic sweeping India.

Aishwarya Rai, a former Miss World who regularly appears on "most beautiful" lists, and her eight-year-old daughter, Aaradhya Bachchan, tested positive for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

"After Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her daughter Aaradhya have been shifted to Nanavati hospital," the newspaper said, adding that they were admitted to the top Mumbai private hospital on Friday.

A spokesperson for Aishwarya Rai did not respond to text messages and calls seeking comment.

Fans across India prayed this week for the celebrity family as the virus continued its rapid spread without any sign of a peak.

Aishwarya Rai, 46, has worked on several Bollywood and Hollywood films. She is a brand ambassador for some multinational companies, including L'Oreal.

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India, which has registered more than a million coronavirus cases, has the world's third-highest number of infections, and more than 26,000 people have died of COVID-19. Partial lockdowns have been reimposed in some densely populated areas to control the spread of the virus.

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