The Taj Mahal — India’s most-visited tourist hotspot — joined the growing list of global attractions to close their doors amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Prahlad Singh Patel, the country’s minister of tourism, announced the closure of the iconic white marble mausoleum on Twitter Tuesday.
“All the ticketed monuments and all other museums have been directed to be closed until March 31, 2020,” Patel wrote.
The renowned site is one of 143 monuments and museums forced to shutter, and the decision will be reviewed again after the shutdown period, the BBC reported.
A total of 126 COVID-19 cases and three deaths have been reported in India, according to the BBC. The country has tested 6,000 people so far.
The country reported four new cases of the deadly bug Tuesday, but it’s unclear if any of those are included in the total count.
Among the new cases is a 60-year-old doctor in the southern state of Karnataka who treated a man who succumbed to the illness last week, according to the report.
All new tourist visas have been suspended in India, and the country has required that all travelers — including returning Indian nationals who are arriving from or have visited China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, South Korea or Spain — undergo a 14-day quarantine.
The country’s health ministry has shot down allegations that it was slow in testing suspected cases and argued it was among the first countries in the world to prepare for a COVID-19 outbreak.