With the spread of the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) in Nepal, it is observed that the virus is spreading rapidly among climbers climbing Everest in the Himalayas, the highest mountain in the world.
Norwegian climber Erlend Ness, who recently climbed Mount Everest, tested positive for the coronavirus, and the virus began to spread among climbers who set up tents in the area.
Hundreds of climbers in the area are reportedly battling the infection in snowy and stormy cold weather.
Meanwhile, the Nepalese government has been accused of covering up the issue. The government, which plans to resume mountaineering activities in the region until May after a one-year hiatus, has denied allegations that the outbreak has spread at Everest base camp, but has so far not shared information on the number of climbers who tested positive for Covid-19 and were evacuated from the area.
Mira Acharya, an official from Nepal’s Ministry of Tourism, said, “I’ve only heard of a few cases of pneumonia. There are no coronavirus cases.”
In Nepal, where a total of 351,000 coronavirus cases have been recorded since the beginning of the pandemic as of May 5th, the number of coronavirus-related deaths has approached 3,500.