Calls to shut Taj Mahal over Coronavirus fears

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Agra Mayor urges centre to shut historical monuments including Taj Mahal

Tourist wear protective masks in wake of the deadly novel coronavirus, at Taj Mahal, Agra on thursday, March 5, 2020 (PTI)

Agra: In the wake of coronavirus outbreak, Agra Mayor Naveen Jain on friday urged the centre to close all the historical monuments in the country including the Taj Mahal till the situation doesn't come under control.

He said that the chances of spread of coronavirus increases when foreign tourists visit Agra in large numbers.

"I urge the government of India to close all historical monuments in the country including the Taj Mahal till the time situation doesn't come under control."
Naveen Jain, Agra Mayor

Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh government has strengthened the surveillance and control measures against the disease.

The state has cross-notified 532 travellers to other states within India and details of 26 travellers have been shared with NCDC, GOI for International Cross-notification.

This comes after the number of confirmed coronavirus cases has reached 31 in India and the deadly virus has caused more than 3200 deaths across the world.

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