The coronavirus reaches Antarctica


The base, located at the northernmost point of the Antarctic Peninsula, is the capital of the Chilean Antarctic commune Antarctica. As well It is known as Puerto Covadonga and was established in 1948. The General Bernardo O’Higgins Riquelme base has capacity for 60 people, although the population usually varies between 16 in winter and 44 in summer. It is located near the northernmost tip of the Antarctic Peninsula in West Antarctica, far from Australia’s bases in East Antarctica and a difficult place to reach even in Antarctic terms.

Research and military stations in Antarctica, among the most remote in the world, They had done everything possible in recent months to keep the virus out of this place, canceling tourism, reducing activities and staff, and blocking facilities. The bases are small, with people living in close contact, and the movement generally accelerates in the austral summer, which began in November, when new supplies and people arrive on the mainland while others leave. The continent has been free of the new coronavirus and the need for social distancing practices longer than anywhere else on Earth. Until now.

The Chilean Navy also claimed to have detected three cases of COVID among the 208 crew members of a ship that had sailed in the Antarctic region between November 27 and December 10.

Implications

“The detection of COVID-19 cases in Antarctica will have an impact in a variety of areas, from planning and logistics of human activity on the continent to high-level decision-making,” he told ABC NEWS Hanne Nielsen from the University of Tasmania, who is part of a project examining the impact of the coronavirus in Antarctica. He also explained that “The presence of COVID-19 in Antarctica also has implications for local wildlife, with the threat of humans transmitting the virus to other species.”

Map of the coronavirus in the world

Until Wednesday, they have been communicated more than 78 million cases of the coronavirus worldwide, according to data from Johns Hopkins University (USA). Of all of them, the United States exceeds 18 million cases of COVID-19, followed by India and Brazil.

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