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In the midst of all anxiety and tension going around nation wide and abroad, the scar had no impact whatsoever on the rush to Tirumala, Andhra State - the abode of Lord Sri Venkateswara. The average number of devotees visiting the temple, it is said, remains at 75,000 per day touching close to 1 lakh on weekends. TTD officials say the rush to the hill will go up during the ensuing holidays by that time all School / College exams will be over and most of the pilgrims to Tirumala temple are from Tamil Nadu. In view of prevailing COVID-19 threat, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) advised devotees against visiting the Venkateswara temple for darsan if they have even minor symptoms of cold, sore throat or fever.
The TTD took additional steps for the visiting devotees - Audio/video announcements were being made to create awareness on the safety aspects with specific regard to the virus.
The TTD has already taken precaution to prevent the spread of the virus. Medical teams have been stationed at the Alipiri security point and the main entrance to intercept visibly sick persons and check their health condition. The devotees are advised ''to bring face masks/hand sanitizers and keep a three-feet distance from others. .....The areas of congregation were being sanitized by special teams of the Health department at regular intervals. “Floors, hand rails, toilets and corridors leading to the main temple are being thoroughly cleaned with disinfectants every two hours. Quarantine facility has been created at the hospital in Tirumala whereas testing facility and isolation ward are available at the Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati.”