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Hours after his family members tested positive for COVID-19, veteran actor Anupam Kher said that his mother Dulari has been moved to an isolation ward while his brother Raju’s family is in home quarantine.

“Thank you, my dear friends, for your messages and blessings that you have sent in for the speedy recovery of my mother Dulari, (brother) Raju and his family. I can’t respond to each of the messages on social media personally but I want to thank you all with all my heart,” Kher said in a video posted to his social media.

“It is natural to feel anxious when four people of the family have been diagnosed with coronavirus but in these times I got the support of you people and that gave me some comfort and positivity,” he added.

“My mummy has been shifted to the isolation ward and Raju and his family is in-home quarantine. I am sure they are under the supervision of good doctors and they will recover soon,” Kher said.

Before ending the video message, the 65-year-old actor urged people to take social distancing and their safety seriously.

“Another thing that I wanted to add is that the terms ‘social distancing’ and ‘stay safe’ are not just expressions they are the reality,” the ‘Saaransh’ actor said.

“With the relaxations in the country, people have started enjoying talking at a distance wearing masks. No, I don’t think it is going to work like that. This virus is serious. If you do not have a reason to venture out for a good reason, then please don’t,” he added.

Threat not over yet

Kher also said that relaxations don’t mean that the threat of coronavirus in the country is any less.

“If you feel that there are relaxations [in lockdown] and it has been four months so everything will be fine now, no! Everything will not be fine. You have to stay at home then only you will stay safe,” he said.

“So, please don’t be under the impression that this is the latest norm, just speak about it and it will be fine, no! It will not be. Please take it seriously and thank you once again for your love,” he added.

Kher had earlier on Monday, through another video message, revealed that his mother Dulari and his brother Raju along with his family have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

The ‘Accidental Prime Minister’ actor had also said that he tested negative for COVID-19.

Earlier this week, actor Amitabh Bachchan along with his son Abhishek Bachchan, daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and granddaughter Aaradhya Bachchan also tested positive for coronavirus.