India’s closes iconic Taj Mahal over Covid-19 fears

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The monument, which attracted over 7 million visitors last year, is shut as India tries to combat spread of COVID-19.

“All ticketed monuments and all other museums have been directed to be closed until March 31,” Tourism Minister Prahlad Patel tweeted late on Monday.

Most schools and entertainment facilities, including cinemas, have already been closed across India, the world’s second-most populous country with 1.3 billion people, according to the AFP news agency.

The South Asian nation has reported 126 cases of infection and three deaths from the virus. On Tuesday, a 64-year-old man died in the western state of Maharashtra – the hardest hit with more than 30 confirmed cases.

Experts say India’s already overstretched medical system would struggle to deal with a major rise in serious cases.

source: aljazeera

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