- The permanently staffed research station, operated by the Chilean Army, is located near the tip of a peninsula in most northern Antarctica, often overlooking a bay, which is covered with icebergs.
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Santiago: Coronavica has landed in Antarctica, which was liberated from COVID-19 last week, the Chilean military said this week, as health and army officials pulled out of a remote research surrounded by sea and icebergs And scramble to clear the quarantine staff.
The Chilean Armed Forces said at least 36 people had been infected at its Bernardo O’Higgins base, including 26 military personnel and 10 civilian contractors who were performing maintenance at the base.
The permanently staffed research station, operated by the Chilean military, is located near the tip of a peninsula in northern Antarctica, often overlooking a bay, which is covered with icebergs.
In Chile Patagonia, base personnel are “already isolated and continuously monitored” by health officials in Magellan, the military said, with no complications yet.
Research and military stations in Antarctica – among the world’s farthest – had gone to extraordinary lengths in recent months to keep out the virus, cancel tours, bring back activities and staff, and shut down facilities.
Researchers from the British Antarctic Survey estimated about 1,000 people at 38 stations across the frozen continent that they had secured the winter of the Southern Hemisphere without incident. But this spring and early summer has increased the risk of infection to and from the region.
An Army press officer said that the first COVID-19 cases were reported in mid-December, when two soldiers fell ill.
The Matlanes region is one of the most populated areas in Antarctica and the take-off point for many boats and aircraft heading to the continent, one of the hardest hit in Chile.
Majority of the region has remained on quarantine for months due to the cold winds emanating from the sea, mountains and glaciers.
The Chilean Navy also reported that three cases of COVID-19 have been detected among 208 crew members of a ship that sailed between 27 November and 10 December in the Antarctic region.