Lata Mangeshkar ‘needs care’, to remain under doctor’s supervision in ICU

The 92-year-old tested positive for coronavirus with mild symptoms

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Singer Lata Mangeshkar will remain in ICU, under observation, for a few more days, the medical professional treating her at a Mumbai hospital said. The 92-year-old tested positive for coronavirus with mild symptoms and was admitted to the Breach Candy Hospital in south Mumbai last week. “[Mangeshkar] needs care, which is why she will remain under doctors' supervision in ICU for a few more days. Her condition is the same as before. No one is allowed to meet her yet,” Dr Pratit Samdani said, reported news agency ANI.

On Thursday, Mangeshkar’s niece Rachana Shah had said the singer is doing well. "She is doing well and we are happy about it. Everyone’s prayers have worked. Kindly, keep our privacy in mind,” Shah had said, according to multiple reports. According to Shah, Mangeshkar was admitted to the ICU as she required "constant care" due to her age.

Regarded as one of Indian cinema's greatest singers, Mangeshkar started her career at the age of 13 in 1942 and has over 30,000 songs to her credit in several Indian languages. In her over a seven-decade career, she has sung various memorable tracks such as Ajeeb dastan hai ye, Pyar kiya to darna kya, Neela asman so gaya, and Tere liye, among others. The singer, known as Nightingale of India, has been lauded with numerous awards and honours including the Padma Bhushan, the Padma Vibhushan and the Dada Saheb Phalke Award, and multiple National Film Awards. She is also a recipient of the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour.