Lata Mangeshkar Admitted To ICU After Testing Positive For Covid-19

The news has been confirmed by her niece Rachana Shah and said that she has mild symptoms.

Veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar Passes away at 92

Veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar has been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai after she tested positive for Covid-19. The news has been confirmed by her niece Rachana Shah and said that she has mild symptoms.

Rachana said, “She is doing fine; has been kept in ICU only for precautionary reasons considering her age. Please respect our privacy and keep Didi in your prayers.”

Lata was previously admitted to the hospital in September 2019, when she complained of breathing problems. “Lata didi suffered from a viral chest infection so we got her to the hospital. But now, she is on a path of recovery. Thank you for your concern,” said Rachana in a statement at the time.

The 92-year-old singer has recorded songs over 1,000 Hindi films in several languages. She is has been awarded with three National Film Awards, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award and the Bharat Ratna, among other honours.

Last month, Lata took to Twitter to commemorate 80 years of her debut on radio. She tweeted in Hindi, “On 16 December 1941, I sang two songs for the first time in the studio for radio after seeking the blessings of my parents. It has been 80 years today. In these 80 years, I have got immense love and blessings from the people. I believe that I will always keep getting your love and blessings.”

Meanwhile, Mumbai is seeing a strident spike in the number of coronavirus cases, including the Omicron variant. Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) additional commissioner Suresh Kakani told PTI that the civic body was ready to take on any crisis.

“Out of 30,500 hospital beds in Mumbai, only 3,500 beds are currently occupied. Also, adequate oxygen supply, medicines, ventilators, ICU facility and hospital beds are available,” he said. He added that in 90% of the Covid-19 cases, patients are asymptomatic and only 4 to 5% of them are being hospitalised. The number of serious cases is negligible, he said, adding, “Though the numbers are within limit, they have kept hospital beds and other things ready.”

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