Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Covid-19 Arrvies at Antarctica

Coronavirus has reached the Antarctic continent, which has so far been free of Covid-19. 

The Chilean army reported 36 cases at their research station on the Antarctic Peninsula – of whom 26 are military personnel and 10 civilian contractors conducting maintenance at the base. They have all been evacuated to Chile. 

An Army press officer said the first Covid-19 cases were reported in mid-December when two soldiers fell ill. 

The news comes just days after Chile's Navy confirmed three cases on a ship, which had taken supplies and personnel to the Bernardo O'Higgins research station, which lies near the tip of a peninsula in northernmost Antarctica and is one of four permanent bases which Chile has on the continent. 

The Sargento Aldea had arrived there on November 27 before sailing back to Chile on December 10. 

It is noteworthy to point out that the Magallanes region, one of the closest populated areas to Antarctica and take-off point for many boats and planes headed to the continent, is among the hardest-hit in Chile. 

The news means that coronavirus cases have now been recorded on all seven continents. 

For the fourteenth day in a row, Malaysia records a caseload that persists to remain in four digits!

Don't worry! Our Health Ministry Director-General says everything is under control!

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