In response to the global coronavirus pandemic, the government of Nepal announced that it was closing Mount Everest to climbers and expeditions for the rest of the climbing season. Nepal’s secretary of tourism said that all climbing permits are cancelled until the end of April. Some climbers had earlier reported that the the Tibet side of the mountain had been closed by the Chinese government. The latest strain of the coronavirus can cause respiratory problems and fears were that the high altitude of Everest and surrounding base camps could compound and speed transmission of the virus. Over the last few years, overcrowding on Mt. Everest has been a major problem, with lines of climbers waiting for hours in lines at high altitudes both going up and coming down the mountain. 11 people perished last year attempting to climb the mountain.
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