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Coronavirus casts shadow over Everest

The shutdown since March 12 threatens the livelihood of ethnic Sherpas and Nepal's economy as tourism contributes 8% of its GDP

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The coronavirus has left base camp deserted. Nepal, still recovering from a major 2015 earthquake, was hoping to attract a record two million tourists in 2020. Those ambitious plans now lay shattered.

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The coronavirus has left base camp deserted. Nepal, still recovering from a major 2015 earthquake, was hoping to attract a record two million tourists in 2020. Those ambitious plans now lay shattered.

Khumjung, Nepal

THE Himalayan hilltown of Khumjung should be bustling ahead of Everest's climbing season, but the coronavirus has forced the shutdown of the world's tallest mountain and threatened the livelihood of the famed local Sherpas.

While there are no reported cases in the...

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