Everest Covid outbreak throws climbing season into doubt

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Nepal authorities accused of underplaying seriousness of situation as daily cases soar

The coronavirus outbreak at Everest base camp in Nepal, controversially opened to climbers despite the pandemic, has infected “many people” amid continuing evacuations and complaints of lack of transparency over the severity of the situation.

With Nepal reporting a record number of more than 7,000 new cases in a day, its highest total since October, reports from Everest described a number of evacuations of climbers showing symptoms of Covid-19 even as doctors at base camp complained privately they were not being allowed by the country’s ministry of health to undertake PCR testing.

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Written by Peter Beaumont
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/03/everest-covid-outbreak-throws-climbing-season-into-doubt under the title “Everest Covid outbreak throws climbing season into doubt”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.