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Palace closed for two days, as camel caretaker’s son tests positive

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Mysuru: In a worst turn of events, the deadly Corona virus has not spared the historical Amba Vilas Palace.

The Palace’s camel caretaker’s son has now tested positive for the Covid-19. As a result, the historical Amba Vilas Palace will remain closed for visitors for two days from July 10. 

This is for the second time in Palace’s entire history that it is closing for the visitors..
On Thursday, Mysore Palace Deputy Director TS Subramanya confirmed that the son of camel stable caretaker has tested positive for covid 19.
The palace’s exclusive camel stable is  near Brahmapuri west gate, reserved exclusively for royal family members’ entry and exit. Since the stable is close to the avenue of the Royal family, the rest report has sent the authorities into a tizzy. They are now sanitising the Palace.
As a result, the palace will be closed for two days to the public. However, with Sunday being lockdown, it will now be shut for three days. 
Blast from the past…
It may be recalled here that when the Epidemic Disease broke out 202 years back, the Mysore Palace (Wooden Palace) was sealed down for seal 21 days. Then Maharaja Mummadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar and his whole family, staff of the Palace were quarantined.
In fact, within the fortress town epidemic was so devastating that Arthur Cole, British Resident of Mysore, writes in a letter on March 26,1832; ” The population of Mysore was 1,00,000, we lost at the rate of 500 people daily, for three weeks, after which the disease gradually declined for that year. But it returned every year beginning of hot season, it was an annual feature in the town.”
“However, a great many more died before the disease had ceased. Families were wiped out sparing none to take care of their houses. In the totally wiped out families where none to conduct the last rites. When the local population took recourse to home made remedies like traditional potions and medicines, the British Army, which suffered the disease in its camps had marched down south of Mysore during these periods.
The moving British regiments were also responsible for the spread of Cholera and other contagious disease,” he wrote.
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