Lata Mangeshkar being treated for COVID-19 and pneumonia, to remain in ICU

The 92-year-old singer will be kept under observation for 10-12 days

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Lata Mangeshkar, who was admitted to the intensive care unit of a Mumbai hospital on Tuesday, will be kept under observation for 10-12 days. Mangeshkar had tested positive for COVID-19. The 92-year-old singer is also undergoing treatment for pneumonia, Dr Pratit Samdhani, who is treating her at Mumbai's Breach Candy Hospital, told ANI.

She has mild symptoms and is doing fine, her niece Rachna had said on Tuesday. “She has been kept in ICU only for precautionary reasons considering her age. Please respect our privacy and keep Didi in your prayers," Rachna added.

In November 2019, Mangeshkar was admitted to the same hospital after she complained of difficulty in breathing and was diagnosed with pneumonia. She was discharged after 28 days.

Mangeshkar started her career at the age of 13 in 1942 and has sung over 30,000 songs in several Indian languages in an over seven-decade career. Considered one of Indian cinema's greatest singers, Mangeshkar received the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour, in 2001.

She is also the recipient of several other awards, including the Padma Bhushan, the Padma Vibhushan and the Dada Saheb Phalke Award, and multiple National Film Awards.

-with PTI inputs