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December 23, 20 - 10:36 am - LABS

Coronavirus hits Chilean research station in Antarctica

The coronavirus has landed in Antarctica, the last continent previously free from COVID-19, Chile‘s military said this week, as health and army officials scrambled to clear out and quarantine staff from a remote research station surrounded by ocean and icebergs, reported Reuters.

Chile’s armed forces said at least 36 people had been infected at its Bernardo O’Higgins base, including 26 army personnel and 10 civilian contractors conducting maintenance at the base. Base personnel “are already properly isolated and constantly monitored” by health authorities in Magallanes, in Chilean Patagonia, the army said, adding there had so far been no complications.