It seems even the earth’s highest mountain is not immune to the ravages of Coronavirus. This is after Nepal has initiated the closing of all its Himalayan peaks, including Mount Everest this climbing season.
Considering that Nepal boasts of eight of the world’s fourteen highest mountains, including Mount Everest, this is a massive disappointment to mountain climbers worldwide who were ready to tackle the peaks this climbing season.
is a huge blow to Nepal as it gets more than $4 million in permit fees every
According to tourism minister Yogesh Bhattarai, all expeditions to all peaks in the current March to May season have been suspended.
Nepal has confirmed just a single case of Coronavirus after a student studying in China came home for a visit.
Mount Everest is on the border between the Chinese region of Tibet and Nepal. On Thursday, China closed its side of the mountain.
India Records First Coronavirus Death
As the second-most populous country in the world with 1.37 billion people, it’s baffling and nothing short of a miracle that India reported its first Coronavirus death on Tuesday. A 76-year man from Karnataka fell sick after coming back to India on February 29th after a pilgrimage to Mecca.
In the meantime, the number of infected people rose to 73, prompting the Delhi government to order the closure of all educational institutions and cinemas until March 31st.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has instructed all ministers to avoid traveling abroad.
Besides, the government directed all malls, public spaces, and government offices to be disinfected daily.
Considering the massive population of India, we are left to wonder how long such measures will work to keep Coronavirus at bay.
In the meantime, the Indian stock market saw the worst crash since 2008 on Thursday, crashing by 2,919 points.
Chelsea in lockdown after Callum Hudson-Odoi is Diagnosed with Coronavirus
It seems like Chelsea’s speedy winger Callum Hudson-Odoi might have to slow down a bit after he tested positive for Coronavirus.
This is according to a statement from the club. Odoi developed cold symptoms on Monday morning, but he was kept away from the club since.
Due to this development, Chelsea’s entire squad has gone into self-isolation even as the club shut down buildings.
Consequently, Chelsea staff who have had close contact recently with Odoi in the men’s building will have to self-isolate as per the government’s regulations. This list includes coaching staff, backroom staff, and the entire men’s team.
The ‘Blues’ have responded that the winger is doing well despite testing positive. A social media video posted by the winger stated, ‘As you may be aware, I had the virus for the last couple of days, which I’ve recovered from. I’m following the health guidelines and self-isolating myself from everybody for the week. I hope to see everybody soon and hopefully be back on the pitch very soon.’
Japan Stands Firm that the Tokyo Olympics will Proceed as Planned
more, Japan has stood firm that the summer Olympics are on course. This is
despite Donald Trump fueling the speculation that the Coronavirus threat may
lead to cancellation or postponement of the games.
Japan’s Olympics minister, Seiko Hashimoto, said Tokyo 2020 planners would continue to plan for “safe and secure” Games, scheduled to open on July 24th.
Trump had dismayed Japanese officials by suggesting
on Thursday that it is better to postpone the Olympics for a year rather than
hosting events to empty stadiums.
Keeping in mind how the virus has upset sporting events globally, Japanese officials have been trying to play down the speculation that the Tokyo Olympics have the potential to be the sport’s world biggest victim of Coronavirus.
Preparations for the Games continued on Thursday, albeit on a much smaller scale than usual, due to the virus.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in self-isolation after Wife Tests Positive for Coronavirus
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has tested positive for Covid-19. This is after she visited the United Kingdom.
On Thursday evening, she announced that she had tested positive for Covid-19, and she was going into self-isolation for the next fourteen days though she had mild symptoms.
The diagnosis has forced the Prime Minister to go into self-isolation.
According to the Prime Minister’s office, the PM remains in excellent health and no symptoms. Still, he is expected to work remotely for the next two weeks.
The Prime Minister’s decision to self-isolate comes hot on the heels of two members of his cabinet- Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan and Trade Minister Mary Ng- choosing to self-isolate.
Both ministers had recently attended a large mining conference in Toronto, where one person in attendance was diagnosed.