India: Taj Mahal reopens after 6-month hiatus with COVID restrictions

The Taj Mahal monument reopened its doors to visitors after a six-month-long coronavirus closure under new safety restrictions in the Northern city of Agra, on Monday. Police officers supervised the visitors at the entry as staff members sprayed disinfecting sanitiser gel and checked the body temperature of the tourists. Within a limit of 5,000 people per day, the UNESCO World Heritage Site appears less crowded than previously, according to the Archaeological Survey of India Superintendent, Vasant Kumar Swarnkar. «Daily around 25,000 to 30,000 visitors were visiting that time and now there is a limit of 5,000 people only for a day, and even the 5,000 may come or not, we don't know,» he stated. As of Tuesday, India is the second most affected country with the coronavirus worldwide after the US, with 5,562,663 reported coronavirus cases and 88,935 deaths, as data compiled by Johns Hopkins University compiled shows.

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