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The opening of the Taj Mahal and other monuments of Agra was cancelled due to coronavirus

Power of the Indian city of Agra will not open the Taj Mahal and other monuments to visit on the background of a sharp increase in the number of cases of coronavirus in the country.

In mid-March, the government of India to prevent the spread of coronavirus reported the closure of more than 3.4 thousand monuments throughout the country. Last Thursday the Minister of tourism and culture of India Prahlad Singh Patel informed that the Ministry of culture from July 6 to open all closed in the country due to the pandemic coronavirus monuments including world famous Taj Mahal and Red Fort in Delhi, with observance of all security measures.

"The opening of these monuments attract tourists and may cause the spread of the coronavirus. At a meeting held Sunday between the team at the district level COVID-19 and members of the archaeological service of India, it was decided in public interest not to open the monuments of Agra to the present time", - reads the statement of the local authorities.

The most famous monument of Agra is the mausoleum-mosque Taj Mahal. In addition, the city in the North of India, who for 130 years had been the capital of the Mughal Empire, is located and other historical monuments, in particular the Agra Fort, Pearl mosque and Palace of Shah Jahan.

According to the latest data, India ranks third in the world in the number of cases, the number of people infected with coronavirus has exceeded 697 thousand, killed more than 19 thousand people.

Despite the growing number of cases, the authorities in late June announced the second phase of exit from the isolation mode. Under the new rules, in those places that have been declared areas of the spread of coronavirus - where the number of cases continues to increase, the lockdown was extended until July 31. To this same period, extended the shutdown of schools and universities. During the first phase, which began June 8, was allowed to open temples, hotels, restaurants and shopping centers.

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