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140 staff of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams test positive for coronavirus


Tirupati, July 16: As many as 140 staff members of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) that governs Lord Venkateswara's shrine at Tirumala, near Tirupati, have tested positive for COVID-19 since June 11.

140 TTD staff test positive for coronavirus

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

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.

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

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