The Taj Mahal, a popular tourist destination in Agra, India, has been placed on high alert due to an increase in coronavirus cases worldwide. As a result, before visiting the world heritage site, all visitors will be required to take a Covid-19 test.
Covid-19 Testing For Tourists Visiting the Taj Mahal
The decision of requiring Covid-19 tests for tourists was made to prevent the spread of infection, as the Taj Mahal is frequently visited by tourists from all over the world. This comes after China, the United States, Brazil, South Korea, and Japan all reported a high number of coronavirus cases.
The District Health Information Officer informed that domestic and foreign tourists visit the world heritage site in large numbers every day and that they will be required to undergo a Covid test prior to their visit.
According to Anil Satsangi, the District Health Information Officer (Agra);
“The health department has already started the tests to prevent the spread of infection. As the alert is on, the tests have now been made mandatory for all the visitors.”
It is worth noting that Covid-19 cases in India have increased slightly, with 185 new infections reported on December 22. However, the number of active cases has fallen from 3,408 to 3,402.
The country’s total number of cases has reached 4.46 million, with a death toll of 5,30,681. In response to the ongoing pandemic, the Union Health Ministry has mandated that 2% of all international passengers arriving at Indian airports be tested for coronavirus.
India Restarts Random Testing at Airports
As a precaution, the Indian government resumed random sampling of international passengers arriving at airports across the country on Wednesday, effective December 21.
“Random sample testing will be done for international air passengers arriving from various countries including China.” However, according to Dr VK Paul, Member-Health, NITI Aayog, as of now no new mandate for international flights has been declared in India.
Mansukh Mandaviya, the union’s minister of health said that India has begun randomly testing 2% of all arriving foreign travellers at its airports for the coronavirus.
According to Mandaviya in view of the festive season ahead, states asked to be alert, and create awareness about masks, and sanitisers.