China to create 'line of separation' at Everest summit on Covid fears

12th May, 2021

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Light illuminates Mount Everest, during sunset in Solukhumbu District also known as the Everest region, November 30, 2015. Photo: Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar/File Photo


China will set up "a line of separation" at the summit of Mount Everest to prevent the mingling of climbers from COVID-hit Nepal and those ascending from the Tibetan side as a precautionary measure, Chinese state media reported on Sunday. Everest base camp on the Nepalese side has been hit by coronavirus cases since late April. The Nepalese government, starved of tourism revenue, has yet to cancel the spring climbing season, usually from April to early June before the monsoon rains.

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