Belgian outpost in Antarctica hit by COVID-19 outbreak

The current increase in COVID-19 cases has reached Antarctica, affecting a fully vaccinated crew at a Belgian scientific research station, according to reports.

At least 16 of the 25 workers at Princess Elisabeth Polar Station have captured the deadly insect since December 14th. it reported the BBC.

But things have been mild.

“The situation is not dramatic,” Joseph Cheek, a project manager for the International Polar Foundation, which operates the station, told the BBC.

“While it has been difficult to quarantine certain members of staff who caught the virus, it has not significantly affected our work at the station in general,” he told the business.

“All residents at the station were offered the opportunity to depart on a scheduled flight on January 12. But they all expressed their desire to stay and continue their work,” Cheek added.

Staff at Princess Elisabeth Polar Station, where there are two doctors, must be vaccinated and tested for the virus on arrival, the BBC reports.

The station announced that new arrivals have been suspended so far.
The station announced that new arrivals have been suspended so far.
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Newcomers to the station have been suspended until the virus is eradicated.

The eruption is not the first to occur in Antarctica.

Last year, several Chilean military workers based at Bernardo O’Higgins research station became infected after sailors on a supply ship were tested positive for the fault, according to the report.

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