In this file photo shows the visitors pictured at the Taj Mahal.
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The exquisite mausoleum Taj Mahal in Agra will not open for tourists from July 6, with 55 new cases of Covid-19 being detected within the last four days in the city.
The Agra district administration has decided to keep all monuments, including the Taj Mahal closed as the dreaded coronavirus was still on the rampage.
The Union Culture Minister Prahlad Singh had announced a couple of days ago that the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) protected monuments would reopen from July 6.
At a meeting of the district officials and the ASI conservationists late Sunday evening, it was decided to postpone the reopening of the monuments in Agra. The increase in the number of containment and buffer zones was an issue.
India's star tourist attraction, the 17th-century monument of love, the Taj Mahal, and the Agra Fort, are all set to reopen from Monday, after an unprecedented closure of six months, due to Covid-19 pandemic.
The number of tourists visiting Taj Mahal is gradually increasing after it reopened on September 21, 2020 following a closure of around 180 days due to Covid-19 induced nationwide lockdown.
According to most estimates, the Indian economy will register a record contraction of over 4.5% in the current fiscal year that started on April 1 due to the pandemic.
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