Antarctica is no longer the only continent in the world free from the scourge of coronavirus after 36 Chileans reportedly tested positive for Covid-19.
The sick are members of the Chilean Army base General Bernardo O'Higgins Riquelme in Antarctica, the ABC reported citing Spanish-language media.
The base is located in northwest Antarctica and is far from any of Australia’s bases.
Just recently, construction began on two runways at the Australian-managed Casey Station in case there was a need for medical evacuation.
The Australian Antarctic Program added precautions, such as quarantine, to prevent the spread of Covid-19 through bases.
Australian Antarctic Division director Kim Ellis said a person at Australia’s Davis base will be flown out in the next few days to Hobart.
Their condition isn’t related to Covid-19.
Yahoo News has contacted The World Health Organisation for comment.
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