INIDA – The iconic Taj Mahal has reopened its doors to visitors after six months, according to sources, putting an end to the longest closure since the beginning of coronavirus outbreak in March.
India’s confirmed cases rose to 5.48 million in total, with at least 1,130 fatalities in the past 24 hours.
It was closed as the country went into a stringent lockdown in March to halt the spread of coronavirus, now allowing only 5,000 visitors daily and enforce Covid-19 safety measures.
The Taj Mahal is one of the world’s leading tourist attractions, and drew as many as 70,000 people every day before the pandemic, the BBC reported.
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India’s coronavirus cases jumped by another 96,424 infections in the past 24 hours, depicting a record setting figure in a few weeks.
The Health Ministry on Friday raised the nation’s total past 5.21 million, 0.37% of its nearly 1.4 billion people. It said 1,174 more people died in the past 24 hours, for a total of 84,372 fatalities. Experts say India’s death toll may be a significant undercount, as AP reported.
India is expected to have the highest national total of confirmed cases within weeks, surpassing the United States, where more than 6.67 million people have been infected.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his birthday Thursday made an appeal, calling people for observing safety protocols, including usage of masks and maintaining social distance.
Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said with a recovery rate of more than 78%, India has only 1 million active coronavirus cases in the country, the report wrote.