A Norwegian climber who was climbing Mount Everest was diagnosed with covid-19 on Thursday (22nd) and was rushed down the mountain by helicopter. This news is expected to cause a major blow to the local tourism industry.
Agence France-Presse reported that Erlend Ness, a Norwegian man who was infected with Coronavirus, said on his Facebook page, “I’m okay now…the hospital is taking care of me.” “I am diagnosed with Coronavirus.”
It is reported that Nas was evacuated from the slopes of Mount Everest by helicopter to the base camp at the foot of the mountain, and then taken to a hospital in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The local Sherpa climber who accompanied him was also diagnosed with the disease. Nass said: “I really hope that no one else will contract the disease on the mountain. It is impossible to evacuate by helicopter at an altitude of more than 8,000 meters.”
According to reports, breathing at high altitudes is already very difficult, and if climbers develop any diseases while climbing, there are major health risks.
According to data released by the Nepal Tourism Administration, Nepal has issued 113 climbing permits for 14 teams so far in the spring climbing season of 2021, of which 34 applicants are women. These 14 teams respectively applied to climb many world-renowned extreme peaks such as Mount Everest, Annapurna, Manaslu and Lhotse.
Affected by the epidemic, the Nepalese government has halted mountaineering activities in 2020, and the number of applicants in 2021 will also be significantly reduced compared to before the epidemic.