Taj Mahal, Other Agra Monuments Won't Open Today, Order Cites Risk Of COVID-19 Spread

The federal government has withdrawn a deliberate reopening of the Taj Mahal (Reuters)

New Delhi/Agra:

The federal government has withdrawn a deliberate reopening of the Taj Mahal, citing the danger of recent coronavirus infections spreading in Agra from guests flocking to see the monument. Native authorities issued a brand new advisory late on Sunday ordering an extension of lockdown curbs on monuments in and round Agra. The federal government order didn’t specify the period of the lockdown for monuments which were closed since March.

“Within the curiosity of the general public, it has been determined that opening monuments in Agra won’t be advisable as of now”, the district authorities mentioned in a discover revealed in Hindi.

India’s coronavirus infections are rising on the quickest tempo in three months.

On Sunday, the Well being Ministry reported a report single-day spike of 24,850 new circumstances and greater than 600 deaths. That pushed India’s general tally to 673,165 circumstances, closing in on Russia, the third-most affected nation globally.

Whereas worldwide flights stay suspended, home journey has been opened up, and the federal government is hoping guests will begin to trickle again to some common locations.

Containment zones, areas recognized as most affected by the virus, stay beneath strict lockdown, with restricted entry and motion of solely important items and companies.

“We do not count on guests right here as a result of clusters across the Taj, together with retailers and accommodations are closed,” an area district administration official mentioned in Agra.

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