Among those affected by the coronavirus, 26 members of the army and 10 civilians from the contractor company were quarantined.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has reached one of the most isolated and uninhabited places on earth, Antarctica. The army assured the appearance of an outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 in the Bernardo O’Higgins Riquelme Antarctic Base (BAE). According to the facility, once the outbreak was discovered, the compound was evacuated and disinfected 36 positive cases have been transferred to the city of Punta Arenas in southern Chile, where they are being isolated.
The patients later showed symptoms The coronavirus diagnosis was confirmed by PCR.
- The total number of patients is the responsibility of all staff who have remained on the mission from this base.
According to the institution’s report, “36 men tested positive for COVID-19, 26 of whom are army personnel and 10 are civilians from a contractor that has performed scheduled maintenance on the Antarctic base.”
As announced by the thirdAll personnel who have remained on the mission from this base are responsible for the total number of patients.
The army assures that so far the staff has “A favorable diagnosis and no complications related to COVID-19.”
The outbreak is believed to be due to a recent visit to the base of the Chilean Navy ship Sergeant Aldea, which was doing logistics work on the site between November 27 and December 10. At the end of the work, on December 16, three positive cases of coronavirus were detected out of a total of 208 crew members, quarantining all of them and applying the test, confirming a total of 36 positive cases.