Chennai: Veteran singer S P Balasubrahmanyam, undergoing treatment for COVID-19, remains stable but his "current clinical condition warrants an extended stay in the ICU," the hospital treating him said on Tuesday.

The 74-year-old multilingual musician "remains stable and continues to require ventilator and ECMO (heart-lung assistance) support," Dr Anuradha Baskaran, Assistant Director - Medical Services, MGM Healthcare said in a health bulletin.

"He remains awake, responsive and his vital parameters are satisfactory."

"His current clinical condition warrants an extended stay in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)," Baskaran added.

The singer was admitted to the hospital on August 5 after he tested positive for COVID-19.


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Mangaluru:Former Congress MLA Mohiuddin Bava on Wednesday claimed he received a call from an unknown person objecting to his participation in the ongoing Navaratri celebrations at a temple here.

Bava, who had represented from Mangaluru North segment, said he has lodged a police complaint about it.

The Congress leader said he visited the Gurupura Ambika Annapoorneshwari temple at Bajpe here and took part in the rituals following an invite by its priest.

Later, he got a call from a man, who identified himself as Anil from Mumbai and raised objections to his visit, saying It's not Nehru period, it's a Modi period, Bava alleged.

"A Muslim should not go to the temple, a beef eater and Muslim should not visit temple," the caller had told him, he claimed, adding the conversation was recorded by him.

Bava said he told the caller that he went to the temple on invitation and added he had not differentiated between communities in his political life.