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  World   Asia  13 Mar 2020  Following China's suit, Nepal too suspends permits to Mount Everest

Following China's suit, Nepal too suspends permits to Mount Everest

AFP
Published : Mar 13, 2020, 11:05 am IST
Updated : Mar 13, 2020, 11:05 am IST

The development comes after coronavirus was declared a global pandemic by WHO

AP file photo
 AP file photo

Kathmandu: Nepal on Friday suspended permits to climb Everest because of the coronavirus pandemic, closing off the world's biggest mountain a day after China halted access from its side.

Nepal has suspended climbing on all mountains in the country and stopped issuing tourist visas, Yogesh Bhattarai, Minister for Culture Tourism and Civil Aviation told AFP.

"The government has decided to suspend all spring expeditions and scrap permits for the time being. The decision can be reviewed after analysing the global scenario over the coming month," Bhattarai said.

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