Corona Reaches to Antarctica
Finally Covid-19 has landed in
Antarctica said by
Chile's military this week, as health and army officials scrambled to clear out and quarantine staff from remote research station surrounded by ocean and icebergs.
Army force said at least
36 people has been infected at it’s Bernardo O’Higgins base, including
26 army personnel and
10 civilian contractors conducting maintenance at the base
The permanently staffed research station, operated by Chile’s army, lies near the tip of a
Northernmost Antarctica, overlooking a bay often dotted with icebergs.
are already properly isolated and constantly monitored by
health authorities in
Magallanes, in Chilean Patagonia, the army said, adding there had so far been no complications.
Research and military stations in Antarctica - among the most remote in the world - had gone to extraordinary lengths in recent months to keep the virus out, canceling tourism, scaling back activities and staff and locking down facilities.
Researchers with the British Antarctic Survey estimate about
1,000 people at
38 stations across the frozen continent had safely navigated the southern hemisphere winter without incident. But an uptick in travel to and from the region this spring and early summer have heightened infection risk.