China’s Tibet Autonomous Region is racing against time to fight the latest flare-up of COVID-19. Authorities have set up makeshift hospitals to meet the demand for care. Tibet had reported 186 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1,983 asymptomatic infections as of August 17. The region has built three makeshift hospitals in the cities of Lhasa, Xigaze, and Qamdo to accommodate asymptomatic patients and those with mild symptoms. Lhasa’s new 2,000-bed makeshift hospital is in a stadium, where traditional Tibetan medicine therapy is also applied. Prevention and control work continues in Lhasa, which involves continuously disinfecting some of the city’s most public areas. The region is also facilitating the safe departure of all stranded tourists.
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Tibet is a region in East Asia covering much of the Tibetan Plateau spanning about 2,500,000 km2. It is the traditional homeland of the Tibetan people as well as some other ethnic groups such as Monpa, Tamang, Qiang, Sherpa and Lhoba peoples and is now also inhabited by considerable numbers of Han Chinese and Hui people.
Tibet is the highest region on Earth, with an average elevation of 4,380 m (14,000 ft). Located in the Himalayas, the highest elevation in Tibet is Mount Everest, Earth’s highest mountain, rising 8,848.86 m (29,032 ft) above sea level.
The Tibetan Empire emerged in the 7th century. At its height in the 9th century, the Tibetan Empire extended far beyond the Tibetan Plateau, from Central Asian’s Tarim Basin and the Pamirs in the west to Yunnan and Bengal in the southeast.
The region declared its independence in 1913 and maintained its autonomy until 1951. Today, China governs western and central Tibet as the Tibet Autonomous Region while the eastern areas are now mostly ethnic autonomous prefectures within Sichuan, Qinghai and other neighbouring provinces.