Andhra Pradesh: 140 Tirupati temple staffs including priests test positive for COVID-19

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Published: July 18,2020 03:01 PM
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July 18, 2020:  As many as 140 staff members of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) that governs Lord Venkateswara’s shrine at Tirumala, near here, have tested positive for COVID-19 since June 11

July 18, 2020:  As many as 140 staff members of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) that governs Lord Venkateswara’s shrine at Tirumala, near here, have tested positive for COVID-19 since June 11.



The temple was re-opened on that date due to the coronavirus lockdown, a top functionary of TTD said.



Fifteen priests were among 140 temple employees who tested positive for COVID-19, which is known to spread faster in crowded places, hence the need for social distancing, according to the authorities.



Speaking to reporters, TTD Chairman YV Subba Reddy said 14 ‘archakas’ (assistant priests), 16 workers in laddu-making kitchens and 56 security personnel were among the infected.



Of the 140 affected, 70 were discharged and the rest being provided treatment, he said.



However, the TTD would continue to allow entry of devotees less than 12,000 in number into the temple daily, he added.



Coronavirus cases in India have crossed the one million-mark, recording 34,956 fresh infections and 687 deaths in the biggest one-day jump today, government data shows. It put total cases recorded since the outbreak began in the country at 1,003,832 with 25,602 deaths. Over 6.35 lakh people or 63.34 per cent of the patients have recovered.