the Nepalese Government planned a profitable tourist season this year and invested heavily in the campaign “Visit Nepal in 2020.” In particular, it was the construction of several hotels, including the well-known global networks, at the foot of Everest. Pandemic coronavirus fully unleashed these ambitious plans. “Economically, the pandemic has had a severe impact on residents of the country,” – said in an interview with nine.com.au Tsering Pande Bhote, the owner of a major tourism campaign in Kathmandu and seven-time conqueror of Everest. According to Bhote, many Sherpas and representatives of the climbing industry rely on the money earned during two short (spring and autumn) seasons, climbing to feed their families throughout the year. Now they are completely deprived of this possibility.
the Closures and the lack of foreign tourists has led to the fact that Nepal has paralysed the industry of climbing, trekking and mountain tourism. Unlike many countries, Nepal has no domestic tourism market and all revenues in this sector come from foreigners. Thousands of families who rely on the ecosystem of climbing and travel, is under threat of financial collapse. The situation is compounded by the fact that Nepal is the poorest state in Asia. According to some estimates, a quarter of its 28 million population lives below the poverty line, earning less than a dollar a day. The government, meanwhile, has gone to the extraordinary step and urged the administration of hundreds of hotels in the country to pay its 300 thousand workers at least 12.5 procenta of their regular wage, says News 9.
According to estimates of foreign experts, despite the fact that there were no deaths from the coronavirus and reported only 278 cases, Nepal has a very limited ability to prevent medical disaster. So, there are only emergency diagnostic tests, not tests with polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Studies show that a rapid diagnostic test, which only checks for antibodies in the blood may not be sufficiently reliable. In addition, the country has traditionally been a large uncontrolled migration of citizens from one part of Nepal to another, in the short term could lead to a pandemic outbreak COVID-19. According to the publication The Diplomat, in this respect, the government of Nepal should ensure more than simply the blockage and increase efforts to test the population and isolation of citizens.