For the first time after nine months, religious places and cine theatres experienced mass frenzy on Friday, marking the season of festivals in the backdrop of a sharp drop in Covid-19 cases in Andhra Pradesh.
Theatres reopened by screening the new Telugu movie Solo Bratthuke So Better starring Sai Dharam TEj and Nabha Natresh as also other films. They followed Covid regulations while screening the movies while most have hung Housefull boards in the front much before the start of the show.
Christians wearing masks attended prayers at churches while Hindus thronged temples for the Uttara Dwara Darshan and pujas marking the Vaikuntha Ekadasi. All churches in AP remained close since late March, suspending all prayer services including the weekly congregations on Sunday. A few weeks ago, some churches started online weekly prayer services.
Notably, the state’s corona virus-positive cases dropped to below 2000 per day two months ago. It further dropped to 500-600 per day three weeks ago, and the fall in infection rates is steady. The recovery rate rose to 98 percent, adding to the optimism and confidence of the people.
Christians were enthused to come out and celebrate Christians this time too. Ravi Roy and RCW Jhon said the Coronavirus fears were thankfully subsiding by the time Christmas arrived. Many of the pastors said the wearing of masks and the use of sanitizers were made mandatory at churches this time. Prayers were offered also for an early end to the pandemic’s visitation on the earth. Vaishnavaite temples were filled with devotees on Friday for the Uttara Dwara DArshan marking Vaikunta Ekadasi. The Tirumala temple saw a huge rush and the Venkateswara temples across the district experienced the same.
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