Actress Deepika Padukone. Image Source: Amlan Paliwal/ IANS

May 04 : Actor Deepika Padukone’s father and ace badminton player Prakash Padukone, her mother Ujjala and sister Anisha have tested positive for COVID-19. Prakash Padukone has been admitted in a hospital in Bengaluru, and is recovering well. Doctors said that Prakash, the first Indian to win the prestigious All England Championships title in 1980, is doing good and will likely to be discharged later this week.

About 10 days back, the ace badminton player, his wife and second daughter, all contacted the virus and developed symptoms. On getting tested, they were diagnosed with the infection.  This was confirmed to a news agency by Vimal Kumar, a close friend of the legendary player and director at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy (PPBA). While Prakash Padukone was hospitalised on Saturday as his fever was not coming down, his wife and daughter are at home and recovering well. 

Prakash Padukone has already taken his first dose of the vaccine and he is awaiting the second. After his retirement in 1991, Prakash Padukone was the coach of the Indian team from 1993 to 1996. He also served as the chairman of the Badminton Association of India (BAI).

Meanwhile, after several Bollywood celebs came together to raise funds for the country to help control the COVID-19 crisis, Deepika Padukone, shared a list of verified mental health helpline numbers to help those striving to stay afloat amid the pandemic. On Sunday, Deepika took to her Instagram handle and shared links on how and where to get help if someone’s mental health deteriorates amidst the depressing situation the country is facing owning to the coronavirus pandemic. “As millions of us (me and my family included) strive to stay afloat, let us not forget that our emotional well-being in this current crisis, is equally important! Remember, You Are Not Alone. We are in this Together. And most importantly, there is Hope,” the Padmaavat actress wrote in her post. 

While her post was received with mixed reactions, several fans criticised her for not donating funds for relief work or not using her platform to help those who need resources. However, several others applauded her for being a strong advocate of mental health. 

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