Corona alert at the top of the world: First case on Mount Everest


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The corona virus has also reached Mount Everest, the highest point in the world. Norwegian climber Erlend Ness, who was at the mountain camp, contracted the corona virus. Ness is recovering as a treatment in Kathmandu, but it is feared the virus has spread among other climbers in the camp.

Corona alert at the top of the world First case on Mount Everest

The corona virus, which appeared in China in December 2019, has become one of the biggest crises in the history of the world in the intervening period. According to Worldometers, this is the first time the corona virus outbreak has infected 145 million people and caused more than 3 million deaths.

The corona virus has also conquered the highest point in the world. Norwegian climber Erlend Ness, who climbed Everest, the world’s highest mountain at 8,849 metres, has contracted the corona virus. Ness, who was tested at Mount Everest camp, was taken by helicopter to Kathmandu after testing positive. Ness was treated here at the hospital.

Ness told the Associated Press that he learned that he tested positive on April 15, and that he was finally tested yesterday and came back negative. Ness said he is currently staying with a local family in Nepal.

Austrian tour guide Lukas Furtenbach noted the danger posed by Ness’s capture of the virus. Furtenbach said there were hundreds of climbers, guides and volunteers at the camp where Ness was at the time, stressing that they may also have contracted the virus.

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Furtenbach said that the necessary measures should be taken and those who are not undergoing a health check should be identified as soon as possible.

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Furtenbach, who heads an 18-strong team of climbers, said a possible outbreak at the camp before favorable weather in May would mean the end of the climbing season. Everyone needs to be tested and all teams isolated. If this is not done now, it may be too late for everything.”


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