Nepal has announced a slew of measures to avert a possible coronavirus outbreak in the country, including suspending all expeditions on Mount Everest and other Himalayan peaks, according to an official on Friday. 

A high-level task force on coronavirus measures, led by Nepal’s Deputy Prime Minister Ishwar Pokharel, took the decision to suspend expeditions on Thursday, said Mira Acharya, a director at the tourism department.

In a statement on Friday, she said the issuance of climbing permits for this year’s spring season has been halted, while permits issued earlier stand revoked.

Nepal’s commercial climbing season, which runs from

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