In Nepal, where hospitals have problems with empty beds and oxygen cylinders due to the increase in new types of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases, the government asked mountaineers to bring oxygen cylinders back.
In the statement made by the government, it was stated that 25 thousand oxygen cylinders were urgently needed as most of the empty beds and oxygen cylinders were exhausted in the hospital, and the climbers who climbed Everest were called on to return the empty oxygen cylinders to be used in the fight against Covid-19.
Nepal Mountaineering Association General Secretary Kul Bahadur stated that there are currently 408 mountaineers in Everest and said, “Each of them carries 4 oxygen tubes and their guides average 3 oxygen cylinders. p>
In the country where a total of 403 thousand 794 coronavirus cases were detected, the number of people who died due to the virus reached 3 thousand 859. In the country with a population of approximately 30 million, there are 1,600 intensive care units and nearly 600 respirators.
On the other hand, although mountaineers are required to bring back the equipment they take with them while climbing, oxygen cylinders cannot be brought back in case of avalanche accidents.
THE OUTBREAK SPREADS TO THE TOP OF THE WORLD
Mount Everest in the Himalayas, the highest place in the world above sea level, was closed a year ago and reopened to mountaineers in the second week of April. On April 20, the first coronavirus case was detected on Mount Everest, and the Norwegian mountaineer Erlend Ness, who had a positive PCR test, was quarantined.
Later, it was announced that the number of cases increased in the camps in 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.
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