CHINA PLANS TO DRAW SEPARATION LINE ON MOUNT EVEREST

May 10, 2021

CHINA PLANS TO DRAW SEPARATION LINE ON MOUNT EVEREST

China Plans: China announced on Sunday that it had taken measures to avoid coronavirus cases from entering the nation from the highest peak on the planet.

According to the state-run Xinhua News Agency, Nyima Tsering; control measures will be implemented, including the construction of a dividing line on the summit to prevent climbers from the Chinese and Nepalese sides from colliding.

A team of Sherpa guides affixed a rope to the summit of Mount Everest from the Nepal side last week; enabling expeditions to resume for the first time since the pandemic forced a year-long hiatus.

Even as coronavirus cases have risen in Nepal and many climbers have been flown from base camp with symptoms of Covid-19; Nepal has approved a record 408 permits to climb Everest this year.

China has expressed concern about the possibility of coronavirus transmission on the mountain; having accepted only 21 permits to climb it from its side this year. Since 2019, when the coronavirus appeared in China; the government has taken stringent steps to prevent its internal spread and reintroduction from outside the world.

The Nepal-China border runs through the summit of Everest, a small area where a few climbers can stand after a good ascent. Many climbers already wear masks to provide oxygen and shield themselves from the cold at the top. China, on the other hand, would take additional measures to minimize the risk of transmission.

Outside the Chinese base camp; a checkpoint was upset in addition to the summit restrictions. People returning from China will be subjected to disinfection, temperature tests, and possibly isolation, according to Xinhua.

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