Mount Everest in the Himalayas, the highest place in the world above sea level, was closed 1 year ago in the coronavirus epidemic, which has been effective since the day it emerged in China. The first coronavirus case was detected on April 20 on Mount Everest, which was reopened to climbers reopened in the second week of April, and the Norwegian mountaineer Erlend Ness, who had a positive PCR test, was quarantined.
Frightening news came from the mountain in Nepal. It was announced that an increase in the number of coronavirus cases was observed in Mount Everest. The increase in the number of climbers showing Covid-19 symptoms and positive PCR tests in the camp in Nepal brought concerns that the epidemic started to spread on the highest mountain in the world. Camp officials announced that there were 17 confirmed cases of coronavirus in hospitals in Kathmandu, where climbers staying in the camps were sent. A private hospital employee in Kathmandu announced that coronavirus was detected in many mountaineers coming from camps on Mount Everest.
GOVERNMENT ALLEGED FROM ANNOUNCEMENT
The Nepalese government declined to make any statement regarding the positive corona tests of the mountaineers. Stating that foreign mountaineers provide significant financial income to the country’s economy, it is claimed that the mountain should be closed to climb again or various measures should be taken due to the increase in the number of cases in the camps and therefore the government did not make a statement.
There has been an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in Nepal in recent weeks. An official from the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation in Nepal, which has the highest contamination rate compared to neighboring countries, stated that no cases have been reported from Everest camps until now.
While 351 thousand 5 coronavirus cases have been detected in Nepal since the beginning of the epidemic, 3 thousand 417 people have died.