India’s Taj Mahal Closed as the Country Tries to Combat Spread of COVID-19

PM Modi has Proposed Creation of an Emergency Fund

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India’s iconic Taj Mahal has been closed as the country steps up measures to combat the spread of coronavirus.

Tourism Minister Prahlad Patel said all ticketed monuments and all other museums would remain closed until March 31.

Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, attracted more than seven million visitors in the year 2018-2019.

The country has reported 126 cases of infection and three deaths from the disease. Health officials have expressed fears that the outbreak could pile pressure on the country’s overstretched medical system.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already proposed the creation of an emergency fund to fight the pandemic. New Delhi has pledged $10m towards the fund.