India has ordered the closure of the Taj Mahal in Agra and other protected monuments and sites, amidst the surge in Covid-19 cases.
The Union Culture Ministry has ordered the closure of the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and other sites under the Archaeological Survey of India with immediate effect until May 15 or until further notice, as the tourism industry struggles with the continuing surge in coronavirus cases.
Agra Tourist Welfare Chamber Secretary Vishal Sharma said that tourists visiting the Taj Mahal fell to almost 75 percent, India Today reported.
Sharma also said that many tourism businesses in Agra may close for good after it had just slowly revived following the world-famous site’s shut down last year.
The country is battling a second wave of infections with over 217,000 additional cases on Friday.