Mulugu district authorities have ordered the closure of the popular Medaram temple for 21 days after two officials from the Endowments Department had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The temple will remain shut from March 1-21. The temple had recently hosted a four-day festival (February 24-27), in which scores of devotees had participated.
Mulugu District Medical and Health Officer (DMHO) Dr Appaiah was quoted by The New Indian Express as saying, “After two staffers tested positive, a total of 73 employees, who discharged duties in the temple recently, were made to undergo Rapid Antigen Tests. They all tested negative. However, we request those who visited the temple to home quarantine themselves.”
According to officials, devotees continue to throng to the temple despite the incident, forcing them to shut down the temple briefly. During this period, the authorities will sanitise the temple.
On Sunday, Greater Hyderabad recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases with 26 persons testing positive, followed by Rangareddy and Medchal-Malkajgiri district at 11.
Report by Chetali S M
Reported on – 01/03/2021