Ebene News – UA – Coronavirus cases recorded in Antarctica at Chilean research station

Antarctica can no longer claim to be the only continent free of coronavirus after 36 Chileans are said to have tested positive for COVID-19

Antarctica can no longer claim to be the only continent free of coronavirus after 36 Chileans are said to have tested positive for COVID-19

Spanish-language media reported that up to 36 people linked to the Chilean military base, General Bernardo O’Higgins Riquelme, tested positive for the virus on Monday

The research station, known colloquially as O’Higgins, is one of 13 active Chilean bases in Antarctica

It is located near the northernmost tip of the Antarctic Peninsula in West Antarctica – far from Australian bases in East Antarctica – and has been described by a travel website as “difficult to reach even in Antarctic terms”

Australia sent around 250 shipments to Davis, Mawson and Casey stations and Macquarie Island this season, about half the regular staff

According to the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) website, only personnel considered essential to keep stations operational and monitor wildlife and climate traveled south

Expeditioners isolated for two weeks in Hobart and tested COVID three times before traveling to Antarctica

The Scientific Committee for the Antarctic Region was already researching how the COVID-19 pandemic had affected Antarctica

ABC has contacted the AAD, the Council of National Antarctic Program Managers, the World Health Organization, the Chilean Embassy and the Antarctic research organization Instituto Antártico Chileno for comment

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Ebene News – UA – Coronavirus cases recorded in Antarctica at the Chilean research station

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-22/coronavirus-cases-confirmed-in-antarctica/13007596