A number of tourist attractions in India have reopened



UMMATIMES - The Indian government has reopened a number of tourist attractions to the public even though the second wave of Covid-19 that has hit the country has not yet been completed. From the Red Fort in New Delhi to the Taj Mahal in Uttar Pradesh.

In addition to those two places, the government has also opened a tourist spot for Organizing Qutub Minar. Local media also reported traffic jams and a surge in tourists Sunday at the northern hill station of Shimla, which is famous for its snow-capped Himalayan views.

Restrictions have also been relaxed in Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and other cities with a decline in new infections.

Authorities are still warning people to wear face masks and maintain a safe distance.

The state of Uttar Pradesh, where the Taj Mahal stands for example, reported 270 new infections overnight and 56 deaths. It is one of the hardest-hit states in India in terms of total Covid-19 cases.

For the Taj Mahal, the management enforces strict Covid-19 precautions by asking visitors not to touch the building. "Only 650 tourists are allowed inside the Taj Mahal building at any time," said Prabhu Singh, Agra district judge.

The white marble building is usually visited by 7-8 million visitors every year, or an average of at least 20 thousand people per day. "I'm so happy to see it, it's amazing," said Brazil visitor Melissa Dalla Rosa, 40. "I cried when I first saw it, oh my God... (it was) a very special experience," he told AFP news agency.

India's health ministry on Wednesday reported 62,224 new Covid-19 infections overnight, slightly more than the previous day's figure but still well below the May peak of at least 400K daily infections.

India's total COVID-19 caseload now stands at 29.63 million, while the total death toll stands at 379,573, data show. India added 2,542 deaths overnight.