TTD closed down after an emergency meeting

TTD closed down after an emergency meeting
The Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam Board on Thursday decided to shut down the Tirumala Tirupati Venkateswara Swamy Temple due to the Coronavirus threat.  It has closed down two Ghat roads, among others.  There won't be any public darshan till March 31.  

As reported by senior journalist Uma Sudhir, "The decision was taken after one devotee from Maharashtra took ill with fever, cough, cold, inside the Tirumala temple and had to be shifted to a hospital; the patient's sample was sent for Coronavirus testing.  He was travelling with a group of 100 people visiting temples across the country."

The news has come as a shock for officials and authorities.  They now have to work on a war footing to contain the spread and do contact-tracing.