China takes Covid-19 controls to Everest with climber ban


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Comments BEIJING: China has banned attempts to scale Everest from its side of the world's highest peak, as Beijing takes its unflinching Covid-19 controls to the Roof of the World. The block on climbing was announced over concerns of the risk of Covid-19 infection by climbers starting out in Nepal, where the pandemic is raging. China was the first country hit by the pandemic in late 2019, but has since largely contained the disease with strict border controls. Beijing fears a rebound of infections could emerge from abroad. With borders all but closed since March 2020, China is now worried...