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China blocks Mount Everest after a virus warning

China blocks Mount Everest after a virus warning

More than 30 climbers infected with the Coronavirus have been evacuated from the Everest base camp in Nepal. The country is facing a severe wave of infections – about 20 new cases of coronavirus have now been reported per 100,000 people.

Mount Everest stretches across the border between China and Nepal, and the northern side belongs to China.

Tibetan authorities said at a press conference that they would also take strict measures to avoid contact between climbers from the northern and southern parts.

to me CNN Tibetan climbers will help erect a barrier on top of the mountain.

Twenty Chinese climbers have been approved this year to ascend the summit from the Chinese side. They have been quarantined in Tibet since early April. Since last year, due to the epidemic, non-Chinese have been prohibited from touching the mountain from China.

In Nepal, on the other hand, a record number of permits were issued this year to try to increase the number of visitors, as climbing tourism is an important source of income for Nepal’s poor.

Emma Gilstad / TT

Mount Everest, in Nepal’s Sagarmatha and in Tibetan Qomolangma, is a mountain range in the Himalayas on the border between Nepal and Tibet (China). The massif is named after George Everest, who led the mapping of the Himalayas in the mid-nineteenth century.

The highest peak reaches 8,849 meters above sea level and is the highest mountain peak in the world. The “new” altitude, exactly 8,848.86 meters, was jointly determined by China and Nepal in winter 2020 after careful measurements.

Mount Everest was first climbed in 1953 by Tenzing Norgay from Nepal and Edmund Hillary from New Zealand.

Source: Nationalencyklopedin et al