According to the Health Department report, 14 priests were among 140 temple employees who tested positive for COVID-19, which is known to spread faster in crowded places, hence the need for social distancing.
Mr Reddy, the TTD chairperson, said that seventy have recovered, adding most of those who got infected with coronavirus are from the Andhra Pradesh Police who have been working with the temple.
“We have no plan to close Tirumala temple. Senior priests will not be put on duty. Priests and employees have requested separate accommodation,” Mr Reddy added.