The official residence of Tibetan spiritual Guru the Dalai Lama Potala Palace in Tibet, shut down from today until further notice as part of nationwide efforts in China to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Officials said the SARS-like virus has spread to all provinces except Tibet and has claimed 56 lives so far with confirmed cases of viral affliction reaching nearly 2000.
Potala Palace, a local landmark and major tourist attraction is a model of ancient architecture and home to over 100,000 pieces of cultural relics. It was listed as a key national cultural relic in 1961. Decision to close down the Potala palace was stated to be part of nationwide steps being taken by the Chinese central government to reduce mass movement of people to contain virus.