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