India’s Taj Mahal gets first visitors as coronavirus infections climb

India reopened the TajMahal after six months on Monday, with the first visitors trickling into the famous monument as authorities reported 86,961 new coronavirus infections across the country, with no signs of a peak yet.

The white marble tomb in the city of Agra, built by the 17th-century Mughal emperor for his wife was opened to the public at sunrise, and a Chinese national and a visitor from Delhi were among the first to enter.

Daily visitors have been capped at 5,000, versus an average of 20,000 before the pandemic. Tickets are only being sold online, with fewer that 300 bought on the first day.

For precaution, visitors will have their temperatures taken and must adhere to all Covid-19 protocol.

India has recorded 87,882 deaths from coronavirus.

But as a proportion of its population, India’s toll is still small compared to countries such as the United States, Brazil and Britain.

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