Planet Desk | 17 March 2020 | 5:25 pm
Indian government has now decided to close the Taj Mahal, a symbol of great love and one of the seven wonders in the world, joining the list of other attractions around the world closed their doors to visitors amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The country’s Minister of Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel made the announcement on his Twitter account today March 17.
In India, there are now at least 126 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, officially known as Covid-19, and the death toll rises to 3, according to the union health ministry. The latest fatality is today March 17 reported in Mumbai, the capital city of Maharashtra with the highest number of cases in the country with 39.
The minister wrote in the tweet, ‘all the ticketed monuments and all other museums in the country have been directed to be closed until March 31, 2020.’
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About 50,000 people visit the Taj Mahal a day, a hugely popular marble monument. Almost 6.5 million people visited the monument in 2018, according to statistics from the Indian Ministry of Tourism.
According to the World Health Organization press conference held on March 16 in Geneva, there are now more than 168,019 coronavirus cases and at least 6,610 deaths globally.
But a separate tally from the Johns Hopkins University, USA, the novel coronavirus has now infected over 181,500 with at least 7,100 deaths globally. Nearly 79,000 patients have recovered around the world. Source : CNN