Former UP minister’s wife dies of coronavirus; Taj Mahal to be reopened after assessing situation..

ormer Uttar Pradesh Minister Chhotey Lal Verma’s wife died of novel coronavirus infection in Agra on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Agra district magistrate said the administration is waiting for the reports from ASI and other concerned departments before reopening the monuments.

ormer Uttar Pradesh Minister Chhotey Lal Verma’s wife died of novel coronavirus infection in Agra on Wednesday.

So far,eight ministers in the Yogi Adityanath cabinet and several MLAs have been infected with Covid-19, of which two ministers, Chetan Chauhan and Kamal Rani Varun, succumbed to the virus.

On Tuesday, Uttar Pradesh Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Atul Garg, said that he tested positive for coronavirus.

Uttar Pradesh Minister of State Ch. Udaybhan Singh, who hails from Agra, has also been found positive for coronavirus. Earlier, his daughter-in-law had tested positive.

Besides, a senior IAS officer Rajshekhar and Uttar Pradesh MLA Mahendra Singh Yadav also tested coronavirus positive earlier. BJP Mahila Morcha state president Darshana Singh was also infected.

Uttar Pradesh is now ranking high on the Covid-19 board with 1,63,400 confirmed cases.

In Agra, the total number of confirmed cases has mounted to 2,367 even as 14 cases were reported in the city on Tuesday. 1,949 have recovered and 316 are currently under treatment.

The Agra Divisional Commissioner’s office has been sealed for three days after the Commissioner’s OSD was tested coronavirus positive.

Meanwhile, the tourism industry again raised the demand for the opening of the Taj Mahal and other monuments in Agra. The industry has demanded to know when restaurants and gyms will be opened and why were the monuments, which were located in wide-open spaces, are being kept closed.

Agra District Magistrate Prabhu N Singh told Indiatoday.in that the administration is waiting for the reports from ASI and other concerned departments before reopening the monuments.ADVERTISEMENT

“If the reports are positive, less-popular monuments like Sikandra, Etmad-ud-daulah and Fatehpur Sikri will be opened first and the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort will only be reopened after assessing the situation. If there is no rise in the number of cases on the opening of smaller monuments, the Taj Mahal could be reopened,” Singh said.

Singh further said that 104 teams of the health department are active in the field and conducting random thermal screenings.

The survey in-charge Dr Sanjeev Burman said that people need to ensure that they do not venture outside their homes without a mask, and while interacting with other people, maintain proper social distancing.

Meanwhile, the Muslim community is demanding that the administration to release guidelines for the holy month Muharram which begins on August 20.

The community said that there is no clarity on whether the administration will give permission for the Tajias (processions) and the burial processions at the end of the month.

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