Agra now has about 600 coronavirus cases and 14 deaths, according to local authorities [Danish Siddiqui/Reuters]

On February 25, a day after US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania posed for pictures outside the Taj Mahal on an official visit to India, Sumit Kapoor returned to his nearby home from a trip to Italy.

Kapoor, a partner in a shoe manufacturing firm, tested positive a week later for the new coronavirus, becoming the first confirmed case in the north Indian city of Agra and the origin of the country’s first big cluster of the virus.


The city of 1.6 million people, famous for its 17th-century white domed marble mausoleum, the Taj Mahal, moved fast. It set up containment zones, screened hundreds

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