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Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain and some of the recognisable peaks on the planet, will probably be off-limits to climbers for the primary time in 60 years this summer time to assist stop the unfold of coronavirus.
Authorities in Shizuoka prefecture, the place three of the 4 main routes to the summit are positioned, mentioned the paths could be closed throughout the 10 July-10 September climbing season, when tens of 1000’s of individuals usually hike to the highest of the three,776-metre mountain.
The announcement comes after Yamanishi prefecture, dwelling to the fourth and hottest route, mentioned it could additionally ban climbers this 12 months.
“We’re taking this measure in order to not unfold the coronavirus,” a Shizoka official advised Agence France-Presse. The mountain, a Unesco world cultural heritage web site, is positioned simply 100km (60 miles) from Tokyo and is clearly seen from the capital.
The transfer will come as an enormous disappointment to the nation’s novice climbers.
Final 12 months, an estimated 236,000 individuals made their method to the highest of the energetic volcano, which final erupted simply over 300 years in the past.
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