The Coronavirus Has Reached Antarctica. Now It’s On Every Continent

The Extinction Chronicles

December 23, 202010:12 AM ET

BRAKKTON BOOKERTwitter

Chilean officials report 36 people have tested positive for the coronavirus on Antarctica. The permanent research station is located on tip of the continent south of Chile.Chilean Army/Reuters

Antarctica is no longer the only continent free of the pandemic.

Thirty-six people stationed at the General Bernardo O’Higgins Riquelme Antarctic base had tested positive for the virus, Chilean officials said this week. The permanent research station is located on tip of the continent south of Chile.

Of those infected, 26 are members of the Chilean army and 10 are civilian maintenance personnel, authorities said in a statement to the Spanish-language television channel24 Horas. The officials added that contact tracing was underway and those who tested positive were in isolation.

No other countries have publicly reported positive cases on Antarctica,USA Todayreported, and there have been concerted efforts to…

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