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In this photograph taken on April 25, 2018, trekkers and porters gather at Everest Base Camp, some 140 km northeast of the Nepali capital Kathmandu. As the spring climbing season kicks off, officials warn the world's highest peak could become a "superspreader event" for COVID-19. Photo: by PRAKASH MATHEMA-AFP/Getty Images

COVID-19 knows no bounds, reaching the farthest ends of the Earth including Mount Everest.

Details: As the spring climbing season kicks off, officials warn the world's highest peak could serve as a setting for a "superspreader event" due to crowded camps filled with travelers and a steady rotation of locals assisting the climbing teams.

Catch up quick: The warnings, first reported by Outside Magazine, come as Nepal's neighbor, India, battles record daily surges of the novel coronavirus. India's health ministry confirmed 314,835 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, taking the country's tally to nearly 16 million infections since the start of the pandemic.

Be smart: A COVID outbreak in the punishing environment could be particularly dangerous, as Outside reported.

  • “Even a small cut on your finger doesn’t heal until you get back down to an oxygen-rich environment," Outside's Everest correspondent Alan Arnette told the publication in 2020.

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Updated Apr 22, 2021 - World

India sets COVID daily case world record

People filing the oxygen cylinders for housed patients at Shaheen Bagh in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday. Photo: Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

India's health ministry confirmed 314,835 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, taking the total tally to nearly 16 million infections.

Why it matters: It's the highest number of coronavirus cases reported in a single day anywhere in the world, eclipsing the previous record of 307,581 cases set in the U.S. on Jan. 8, AP notes.

Coronavirus cases aren't budging — even after vaccinations doubled

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Data: CSSE Johns Hopkins University; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The U.S. is pumping out coronavirus vaccines by the millions, but the coronavirus isn’t slowing down.

The big picture: This spring has seen a surge in vaccinations but almost no change in the coronavirus’ spread, leaving the U.S. with an outbreak that’s still too big.

Federal judge blocks Biden's vaccine mandate for federal workers

President Biden speaking from Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Jan. 21. Photo: Yuri Gripas/Abaca/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A federal judge in Texas blocked the Biden administration from enforcing its coronavirus vaccine mandate for federal workers on Friday, citing the outcome of last week's Supreme Court ruling that nullified the administration's vaccine-or-test requirement for large employers.

Why it matters: It's a blow to President Biden's efforts to increase the U.S.' vaccination rates, though much of the federal workforce has already been vaccinated against the virus.

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