By Sophie Tanno For Mailonline
Published: 09:10 BST, 3 May 2021 | Updated: 09:10 BST, 3 May 2021
The Covid-19 outbreak at Mount Everest Base Camp has seen dozens of climbers evacuated from base camp, it has been claimed.
It comes after the first known case of the virus was documented at the mountain's base camp on April 15.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The situation has apparently deteriorated, with reports that climbers have been forced to evacuate via helicopter.
In this file photo taken on September 14, 2013 Mount Everest is seen from an aircraft over Nepal
British climber Steve Harris's planned two-month expedition was cut short when he was diagnosed with High-Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE), a potentially fatal form of severe high-altitude illness, at Base Camp on April 20 and flown to the village of Namche Bazaar.
Speaking to MailOnline, he said: 'I was initially diagnosed with HAPE at Everest Base Camp and flown to Namche Bazaar to recover.
'I wasn’t asked about or offered a Covid-19 test. After four days in Namche, I was medivac by helicopter to hospital in Kathmandu where I was tested and confirmed positive for Covid-19 and pneumonia and spent a week in intensive care,
'I have been released from hospital but am still having to isolate in a hotel as I am still positive for Covid.'
He added that prior to his evacuation there were 'rumours' of Covid-19 in camp but nothing had been confirmed.
'Social distancing and masks weren't really being enforced,' he