Over 700 TTD employees test positive for COVID-19, 3 succumb to pandemic since June: Official

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As many as 402 recovered and joined duties while 338 are undergoing treatment in TTD’s various COVID care centres

Over 700 employees of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) tested positive for COVID-19 ever since the temple administration opened for devotees in early June. Three of them succumbed to the disease in the past two months.

As many as 743 TTD employees including a few priests of the Lord Venkateswara shrine at Tirumala contracted the pandemic ever since the temple was opened for devotees on 11 June in the wake of relaxing lockdown norms, reported The New Indian Express quoting TTD Executive Officer Anil Kumar Singhal.

Of the 743 employees, who tested positive for coronavirus, as many as 402 recovered and joined duties while 338 are undergoing treatment in TTD’s COVID care centres at Srinivasam, Vishnunivasam and Madhavam, he said.

Singhal said that three employees succumbed to the disease and the TTD authorities ensured proper treatment to the employees at the COVID centres.

He denied the charge that the TTD had opened the Tirupati temple keeping an eye on the revenue and said that they were spending more money for the treatment at different COVID care centres.

Singhal said about 2.38 lakh pilgrims had darshan of Lord Venkateswara in July.

He said that about 8,500 devotees had darshan at the hill shrine on Saturday against the quota of 9,000 tickets.

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