Corona continues to spread rapidly even after all arrangements were made to prevent infection at Tirupati Balaji temple in Andhra Pradesh. More than 140 people of the trust have been affected. These include 14 archaks (priests). After the escalation of the case, employee organizations and political parties are pressurizing the temple to stop visiting for a few days. However, the trust is not ready to do so at the moment.
The temple was opened on 8 June under Unlock-1. From 11 June it was opened to the general public. After 2 days, corona cases started coming to the temple staff from June 13. The number of devotees started from around 6 thousand to 15 thousand, but due to the effect of corona in the temple, now the crowd is decreasing. Right now, 8 to 9 thousand devotees are visiting every day.
After increasing the infection in the temple, there is a demand to stop the darshan here. On Thursday, employee organizations also demanded from the trust that the temple be closed for the time being, so that the corona spread to the rest of the staff and priests. Former Chief Minister of the state N. Chandrababu Naidu has also demanded from the Andhra government that necessary steps should be taken before the situation worsens.
Trust chairman YV Subbareddy says the situation in the temple is still under control, so there is no point in closing the temple again. Employees who have come positive have been quarantined.
Tirupati Balaji is perhaps the only temple in India where a tri-ozone spray system has been installed to avoid corona infection. In this, disinfectants are sprayed on the people coming to the temple all the time. From where people enter the temple and queue up, there is constant sanitization through fountains. Despite this, the number of corona positive cases in the temple is continuously increasing.