In view of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the manual ticket counters of the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort in Uttar Pradesh’s Agra were closed on Monday, ANI said on Tuesday.

Superintending Archaeologist Dr Raj Kumar Patel said, “There was a huge gathering outside the ticket windows. Following this, the decision was taken to close the windows of the manual ticket counters. However, the monuments are not completely closed.”

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On Monday, Uttar Pradesh reported 514 new COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours. The state has reported eight cases of Omicron variant of coronavirus so far, said the ministry.

A total of 1,892 cases of omicron variant of coronavirus have been detected across 23 states and Union Territories so far, out of which 766 have recovered or migrated, according to the Union health ministry’s data updated on Tuesday.

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Maharashtra has recorded the maximum number of 568 cases, followed by Delhi (382), Kerala (185), Rajasthan (174), Gujarat (152), and Tamil Nadu (121).

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India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 3,49,60,261 with 37,379 new cases, while the active cases increased to 1,71,830, according to the data updated at 8 am.

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The death toll climbed to 4,82,017 with 124 more fatalities, the data showed.