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Research and military stations in Antarctica had gone to great lengths in to keep the virus out. Tourism had been canceled, activities and staff had been scaled back, while several facilities had been locked down.  However, pandemic has finally stretched every continent on Earth. Chilean experts announced that 58 people that were at two military bases in Antarctica or on a navy ship that went to Antarctica tested coronavirus positive.

Throughout the year, some 1,000 people at 38 stations across the frozen continent had safely navigated the southern hemisphere winter without any reported COVID-19 cases, researchers with the British Antarctic Survey said. 

However, as per the latest report, Chile’s army announced Monday that 36 people at the Gen Bernardo O’Higgins Riquelme Antarctic base have tested positive, and on Tuesday the health minister for the Biobio region in Chile said there are 21 infections involving people aboard the Chilean navy’s Sergeant Aldea supply vessel.

Chile has said that all base personnel sick with the virus have been evacuated from the continent and “are already properly isolated and constantly monitored” by health authorities in Magallanes, adding there had so far been no complications.

So far no other country with a presence in Antarctica has publicly reported any other cases. Well, we really need some urgent measures to control the spread of the virus to avoid any further spread across continents.

 


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Joydev Mishra

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