At least 59 people were sick with COVID on Everest, New York Times report says – .

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At least 59 people were sick with COVID on Everest, New York Times report says – .


Nepalese authorities say there has not been a single case of COVID-19 on Everest. However, the New York Times reports that at least 59 infected people, including sherpas and mountain climbers, were on the mountain at the end of the climbing season earlier in June. “Tourism officials dismissed the climbers’ accounts, calling one a patient with pneumonia,” Time reported. The cough, they added, was “nothing new in the dry mountain air.”
the Time said the figure of 59 could be “much higher” as “expedition planners, medics and climbers themselves have said they have been pressured to hide the infections.” In 2020, the mountain was closed due to the pandemic.

Last month, the BBC reported that the Nepalese government had denied any knowledge of COVID-19 on Everest, “raising fears that authorities are downplaying the extent of the situation for fear it will exert more pressure to shut down the mountain to expeditions ”. At the time, the BBC reported, hospitals in Katamandou were managing 17 confirmed cases of the disease. In Nepal, the Time said, less than 3% of the population has been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

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