First cases of infection in Antarctica

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Coronavirus has reached a research station in Antarctica and now all continents. At least 36 CoV infected people have been registered at Chile’s Bernardo O’Higgins Riquelme station. The infected are 26 members of the military and ten civilians of a maintenance company, Chilean media reported yesterday evening (local time) with reference to the army, which operates the station.

For months, the southern continent had been one of the last places where it was possible to be calmly among people indoors. Stringent measures helped prevent a CoV outbreak. Countries with research stations in Antarctica quickly imposed bans on cruise ships and other visitors that deliver vital supplies. Thus, each of the dozens of stations turned into its own “bubble.”

The newspaper La Tercera reported last week that the crew of the amphibious landing ship Sargento Aldea had been quarantined after a stop at Bernardo O’Higgins Station because of three CoV cases. The ship had been carrying maintenance personnel and materials for the station. The infected people from the research station were taken to the city of Punta Arenas in Patagonia, which is considered the starting point for Antarctic expeditions.

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