At least 17 climbers have been diagnosed with covid-19 in the Everest base camp in Nepal. Climbers and doctors in the base camp revealed that more and more people are showing symptoms of coronavirus infection.
China News Agency reported that the number of coronavirus cases in Nepal has risen sharply, and the infection rate is also the highest among India’s neighbors. People in the mountaineering industry worry that if the epidemic breaks out seriously on Mount Everest, it will cause “destructive consequences.”
Nepal broke 7,000 new cases for three consecutive days, including cases of “double mutant virus” that appeared in India. Due to the rapid deterioration of the epidemic, Nepal announced that all international flights will be suspended from May 6, and the suspension measures will continue until May 14.
Climbers are a major source of income for the Nepalese government. Everest was closed to the outside world during the outbreak last year. Currently, Nepalese authorities require that visiting climbers must be quarantined in Nepal before heading to the base camp.
According to statistics released by the Nepalese government on the afternoon of the 5th, in the past 24 hours, there have been 8,605 confirmed cases of covid-19 nationwide, with a total of 359,610. There have been 58 new deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing a total of 3475 cases. This is the day with the highest number of new deaths in a single day since the outbreak in Nepal.