India’s popular Taj Mahal closed amid coronavirus outbreak
India’s popular monument Taj Mahal has been closed to avoid the spread of contagious coronavirus.
Taj Mahal is a popular and ancient site that attracts tourists from around the world. Over 70,000 people visit the place each day.
The cultural ministry informed that many people visit the “monument of love” each day and it was “imperative to shut it down”.
Note that 3 people have died from the virus in India whereas 114 people are infected so far.
Apart from the Taj Mahal, several other cultural places have also been closed in India to avoid the spread.
Culture Minister Prahlad Patel reported the monuments will be closed till 31 March and the decision will be reviewed after that.
According to the international news agency, India has taken the following important measures.
- ll visas, barring a select few categories, have been suspended for a month
- Visa-free travel afforded to overseas citizens of the country has been suspended until 15 April and even those allowed in could be subject to 14 days of quarantine
- Schools, colleges and movie theatres in most states have been shut until 31 March
- The Indian Premier League (IPL), featuring nearly 60 foreign players and scheduled to begin on 29 March, has been postponed to 15 April.
Francisco Garcia was also suffering from leukemia, according to international news sources.
The coach was only reported about cancer after he went to the hospital with symptoms of coronavirus. He was battling an unknown pre-existing health condition that led him to become more vulnerable to the virus.
Spanish media reported that Garcia was asked to seek further medical assistance after he struggled to breathe and was told he had both pneumonia and coronavirus.
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