It’s now a few months off a whole year since the pandemic hit the world, and it’s only now that it has managed to infiltrate the icy borders of Antartica… somehow making it the 7th and final continent in the world to be infected.
Chile’s General Bernardo O’Higgins Riquelme research base has reported 36 cases, 26 of which are army personal and 10 who are civilians, who are positive for COVID-19.
“Thanks to the timely preventive action, it was possible to relieve said personnel, who, after being subjected to a medical control and the administration of a PCR test… turned out to be positive for COVID-19…All present a favourable diagnostic and without any complication associated with the virus,” a spokesperson for the Chilean army has stated.
These 36 people have been evacuated to the southern most point of mainland Chile and are isolating there.
With roughly 1000 remaining on the continent during their winter, resources were delivered by air and sea which means that spread was always a possibility.
However the danger comes when these research bases don’t have hospitals or adequate medication.
However due to timely preventive measures, the crew are safe and no further spread across research bases has been noted.