The Guardian Weekly - 2021-05-07


Covid outbreak hits Mount Everest climbing season

Global Report

The coronavirus outbreak at Everest base camp has infected “many people” amid continuing evacuations and complaints of lack of transparency over the situation. With Nepal reporting more than 7,000 new cases in a day, its highest total since October, reports from Mount Everest described evacuations of climbers showing symptoms of Covid-19 even as doctors at base camp complained they were not being allowed to undertake testing. The decision to reopen Everest for climbing this year had always been controversial given the pandemic, with the beginning of the Everest season coinciding with the catastrophic second wave in neighbouring India.



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