Nepal requests oxygen tanks as cases surge

Nepal is struggling to secure oxygen supplies as coronavirus cases surge. Officials reported over 8,100 new cases and nearly 200 deaths on Tuesday.

The Himalayan country's fragile health system is straining. Hospitals are overflowing in the capital Kathmandu. Many people needing treatment have to wait outside.

Officials are turning to climbers at Mount Everest to help fix a shortage of oxygen tanks by bringing back empty canisters instead of abandoning them on the mountain. The canisters will be refilled and used for patients.

Nepal closed Everest last year because of the pandemic. The mountain reopened in April for the current climbing season. More than 400 people have been granted access to the mountain.