Akshay Kumar, on Sunday, informed that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and has home-quarantined himself. The Bollywood superstar was shooting for Abhishek Sharma's Ram Setu in Mumbai's Madh Island. Now, while Akshay is on the way to recovery, the latest report suggests that 45 out of 100 junior artistes who were expected to join Ram Setu's set today (April 5) have contracted the Coronavirus.
Akshay and producer Vikram Malhotra of Abundantia Entertainment are ensuring that Ram Setu's set is Coronavirus free. They have made the COVID-19 mandatory for one and all who enter the set. In this test, 45 junior artistes tested positive.
General Secretary of the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE), Ashok Dubey, confirmed the news and told a leading daily, "Ram Setu has been taking full precautions. It is really unfortunate that 45 people from our Junior Artistes Association have tested positive. They have been quarantined."
A source revealed that Akshay had no symptoms before taking the test. It was also informed that the makers of Ram Setu are following every safety measure for the well-being of the crew members. "Every precautionary test is done a couple of days in advance. Those who don't clear the test are isolated and even paid by the 'Ram Setu' producers. This unit is so careful that even if a person is feeling low on a particular day, he/she is immediately isolated in the provisions that have been done in the vicinity of where the shoot is being conducted. You will find maximum number of PPE kits on the sets of 'Ram Setu'. Lakhs of rupees have been sent on tests and isolations since Day 1," the source told.
The source added, "Akshay himself has got tested many times and is very particular that every safety protocol is maintained on the set, come what may. But it seems that this ailment in its second innings is out to turn every plan in everyone's life topsy-turvy. Let's just hope that the recent curbs imposed in Maharashtra bring down the alarmingly growing numbers, and alongside, people leave no stone unturned in their efforts to get vaccinated quickly."
(Source: Times Of India)