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743 Tirupati temple staff tested Covid-19 positive since June 11

Of the 743 infected, three employees succumbed to the dreaded contagion and about 402 personnel have recovered so far from infection while 338 people were undergoing treatment at different Covid care facilities, TTD executive officer said.

Updated: Aug 10, 2020 15:01 IST

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar, Tirupati

The famous Lord Venkateswara temple in nearby Tirumala governed by the TTD had re-opened on June 11. (PTI File Photo)

As many as 743 staff of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) including including some priests of the Lord Venkateswara shrine at Tirumala have tested positive for Covid-19 and three have succumbed to the virus since June 11, a top TTD official said on Sunday.

Of the 743 infected, three employees succumbed to the dreaded contagion and about 402 personnel have recovered so far from infection while 338 people were undergoing treatment at different Covid care facilities here, TTD executive officer Anil Kumar Singhal told reporters here.

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The famous Lord Venkateswara temple in nearby Tirumala governed by the TTD had re-opened on June 11 for public after being close for two and a half months owing to the coronavirus-induced lockdown, he said.

Singhal denied reports in sections of the media and on social media that TTD had reopened the hill shrine after the coronavirus lockdown for the public with an intention to fill its coffers.

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He said the ancient temple was reopened on requests from devotees and entry was allowed by following strict Covid-19 measures.

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