BBC/ Climbers at the base camp of Everest and officials assigned by the Nepalese government have told the BBC that the number of climbers with Kovid-19 symptoms and the number of confirmed infections is increasing. They are feared to be spreading coronavirus outbreaks in the Everest region.
According to the officials at the base camp, 17 of the climbers sent to Kathmandu from Everest for treatment have been confirmed to have covid.
An employee of a private hospital in Kathmandu confirmed to the BBC that Kovid-19 was found in a patient returning from the Everest base camp.
The Nepalese government has claimed that it did not know about the sighting of Kovid in the base camp until the details were prepared. Fearing that there could be a lot of pressure to stop the mountaineering expedition, it is feared that the authorities did not report the situation there.
For the Government of Nepal, the fee paid by foreign tourists for mountaineering is a major source of revenue collection.
Everest was not climbed last year due to the Kovid-19 epidemic.
This time, the climbers who came to Nepal to climb Mt. Everest were asked to stay in quarantine before going to the base camp. There is concern in the mountaineering community that the spread of cobwebs on Mount Everest could cause great damage.
For some time now, the number of Kovid patients in Nepal has been increasing rapidly. Statistics indicate that Nepal’s infection rate is the highest.
Nepal’s tourism department could not be reached for comment on issues related to the mountaineering campaign. But Prem Subedi, deputy secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Citizenship, told the BBC that the ministry was unaware of the spread of coronavirus in the base camp.
“So far, the tourism ministry has not been informed about any case of Kovid at the Everest base camp,” he said.
‘Confirmed Cases ‘
The Himalayan Rescue Association, which runs a medical clinic at the Everest base camp, told the BBC it had received information that some of the climbers had been confirmed to have covid.
“We have just received information from Kathmandu that the infection has been confirmed in 17 people,” said Lhakpa Nuru Sherpa of the organization.
“Now we have asked the mountaineering team to tell us before sending their ailing members [to Kathmandu],” he said, “so that we know what is happening.”
Dr. working in the clinic located in the base camp. According to Prakash Kharel, the number of people with symptoms of coronavirus infection such as persistent cough and fever is increasing.
“Almost all climbers here have a cough. But we’ve also found people with other symptoms and tried to isolate them,” he said. Kharel said.
The Sivek Clinic in Kathmandu also confirmed that the patients who came to it from Everest had covid.
“We had patients from the Everest region who were infected at our hospital two weeks ago,” said Astha Pant, an employee of Sivek.
“But at the moment we can’t say how many or how many.”
A large climbing team said some of its members had contracted coronavirus but had now recovered. But he has asked not to mention the name of his team.
Norwegian climber Erland Ness told the BBC he had contracted the infection when he was tested at two hospitals in Kathmandu last month.
At first, it was thought that he had a leak. But after being rescued by air and taken to Kathmandu, it was found to be infected with coronavirus. Climbers are afraid of being mistaken for a coronavirus infection.
“Everywhere you look today, the tide of protectionist sentiment is flowing.” “But this is not the cough that mountaineers usually get here. You can understand that people are suffering and they have symptoms of fever and body aches.”
According to the website of the Department of Tourism, the government of Nepal has given 394 permits for mountaineering till April 26. For all these expeditions, the number of people reaching the Everest region reaches 1,500. Most of them are allies.
Officials at the base camp said they were concerned about climbers returning from Kathmandu for treatment or adaptation.
“They may have recovered, but they may have brought the virus with them as the situation in Kathmandu is serious,” said a Nepal Army official. “Therefore, we have suggested the climbers to go below the base camp instead of Kathmandu for the cycle of adaptation.”
Covid testing facility is not available
Climbers and officials at the Everest base camp say the lack of coronavirus testing facilities has made it difficult.
“We had requested the government to facilitate the trial. But they did not allow it,” he said. Kharel said.
Some large teams have reportedly brought with them the necessary kits for testing. If there are any signs of infection, it has become easier to isolate the members in time and rescue and send them to Kathmandu.
Officials at the Himalayan Rescue Association said they had just received a report confirming the infection in 17 climbers at the Everest base camp.
“It is unfortunate that we did not get the confirmed details of the infected and the climbers before,” a military official stationed at the base told the BBC.
“It helped us identify the person we came in contact with and prevent the coronavirus from spreading further,” he said.
“We could have isolated climbers who came in contact with those who had been infected long ago.