China Cancels Attempts To Climb Mount Everest

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2021-05-15 HKT 23:11

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  • Several climbers have reported testing positive for the coronavirus after they were brought down from the Everest base camp. Photo: AP

    Several climbers have reported testing positive for the coronavirus after they were brought down from the Everest base camp. Photo: AP

China has cancelled attempts to climb Mount Everest from its side of the world’s highest peak because of fears of importing coronavirus cases from neighbouring Nepal.

The closure was confirmed in a notice from China’s General Administration of Sport. The move reflects the abundance of caution China has taken in dealing with the pandemic.

While China has mostly curbed domestic transmission of the coronavirus, Nepal is experiencing a surge with record numbers of new infections and deaths.

China had issued permits to 38 people to climb Mount Everest this spring, and Nepal to 408 climbers. In Nepal, several climbers have reported testing positive for the coronavirus after they were brought down from the Everest base camp.

The month of May generally has the best weather for climbing Everest. Scores have reached the summit this week and more are expected to make attempts later this month once the weather improves. Two climbers have died on the Nepalese side, one Swiss and one American. (AP)