The coronavirus has conquered the world’s highest mountain.
A Norwegian climber grew to become the primary to be examined for COVID-19 in Mount Everest base camp and was flown by helicopter to Kathmandu, the place he was hospitalized.
Erlend Ness advised The Related Press in a message Friday that he examined constructive on April 15. He stated one other take a look at on Thursday was unfavorable and he was now staying with an area household in Nepal.
NEPAL EXPECTING HUNDREDS OF CLIMBERS THIS SPRING
An ace mountain information, Austrian Lukas Furtenbach, warned that the virus might unfold among the many a whole bunch of different climbers, guides and helpers who at the moment are camped on the bottom of Everest if all of them aren’t checked instantly and security measures are taken.
“Any outbreak might prematurely finish the climbing season, simply forward of a window of fine climate in Could,” he stated.
“We would wish now most urgently mass testing in base camp, with everybody examined and each staff being remoted, no contact between groups,” stated Furtenbach. “That must be finished now, in any other case it’s too late.”
Furtenbach, main a staff of 18 climbers to Mount Everest and its sister peak Mount Lhotse, stated there may very well be greater than only one case on the mountain because the Norwegian had lived with a number of others for weeks.
A Nepalese mountaineering official denied there have been any lively circumstances on the mountains in the intervening time.
Mira Acharya, director on the Division of Mountaineering, stated she had no official details about the COVID-19 circumstances and solely reviews of sicknesses like pneumonia and altitude illness.
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Mountaineering was closed final 12 months as a result of pandemic, and climbers returned to Everest this 12 months for the primary time since Could 2019.
The favored spring climbing season in Nepal, which has eight of the very best peaks on this planet, started in March and ends in Could.