Covid-19 reaches Antarctica, the final untouched continent
The pandemic has lastly reached each continent on Earth.
Chilean authorities introduced that 58 those that have been at two army bases in Antarctica or on a navy ship that went to the continent examined constructive for the brand new coronavirus.
To this point no different nation with a presence in Antarctica has publicly reported some other circumstances.
Chile’s military introduced Monday that 36 folks on the Gen Bernardo O’Higgins Riquelme Antarctic base have examined constructive, and on Tuesday the well being minister for the Biobio area in Chile mentioned there are 21 infections involving folks aboard the Chilean navy’s Sergeant Aldea provide vessel.
Another case was reported in Las Estrellas’ village, the place civilian personnel working on the Lieutenant Rodolfo Marsh Martin Air Pressure Base reside, mentioned Eduardo Castillo, regional well being secretary for the Magallanes space, which oversee Chilean operations within the Antarctic. The Sargento Aldea ship docked at that village, he added.
The military mentioned the primary group of 36 folks contains 26 members of the army and 10 civilian workers of a upkeep contract firm. It mentioned none to date had proven issues.
The primary three folks on the Sergeant Aldea vessel examined constructive final week and all 208 crewmembers are being quarantined aboard that ship, in line with the navy. It mentioned the vessel had serviced the bottom on the Trinity Peninsula between November 27 and December 10.
The US Nationwide Science Basis, the company overseeing US packages in Antarctica, mentioned it was conscious of the stories of constructive circumstances in passengers aboard the Sergeant Aldea.
“Personnel at US Antarctic Program stations have had no interactions with the Chilean stations in query or the personnel who reside there,” the inspiration mentioned. “NSF stays dedicated to not exchanging personnel or accepting vacationers at USAP stations.”