China Cancels Spring Edition Of Mt Everest Expedition Amid Covid-19 Resurgence In The Subcontinent

Read about China’s decision to cancel its Spring climbing this year due to coronavirus.

Tanvi Rumale

May 19, 2021

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The Novel Coronavirus is nowhere close to being finished. What started off in Wuhan China, over a year ago is still present in the South-Asia region. The Indian subcontinent is tackling its deadliest ever the second wave with fresh cases whose numbers are breaking international records. Nepal too is under a state of worry and lockdown currently as the country is experiencing a growing number of cases. Over this resurgence, China has decided to cancel its Spring season of Everest expedition which starts from the Tibetan side of the Himalayan range.

One of the main reasons for this was the increasing number of positive Covid-19 cases at the base camp of Mt Everest. Austrian company Furtenbach Adventures called off its Everest expedition for the same reason as well. They had a team of climbers from America, Norway, Israel, Germany, Austria and Italy who were to scale Everest.

The Chinese government is all set to make a demarcation that separates Nepalese and other climbers at the summit from the Chinese ones as they do not want to take risks of infections as several Nepalese climbers have tested positive. They were later brought down to the base camp and treated. Nepal is currently going through a tough time handling the situation as its healthcare is collapsing. Hospitals are overflowing with patients and cremation sites to are being overcrowded. There is also an alarming decrease in oxygen cylinders in the country. Nepal is awaiting vaccines from different countries to vaccinate its entire population soon.

China on the other hand has been able to contain the virus and is seemingly much better off even though the coronavirus emerged from the state.

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